Love. Profound word, much abused word. The Bible is a book of love, true love, a love so profound and beautiful, and Christmas is about the dramatic unfolding of that love.
‘God is love’ the Bible simply states. As a trinity of being Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God has always been a loving being giving and receiving love – pure, undiluted love.
‘God so loved the world that he gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.’ God’s love was still going out to us even though we had spurned it and chosen to love in our own selfish and destructive way. The Son in love takes on human flesh (He had to be made like us in every way), and lives here for us (He must do what we could never do – every day of His life from beginning to end would be part of the process of redemption, every part filled with love). God not only with man residing, God with man redeeming.
‘God demonstrates his love to us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ As if being here and loving wasn’t enough (and it really wasn’t) the Son must also go down into death itself for us, a death like no other – before or since. He dies in our place, and for our sin, bearing His own justice for our sin in His own body, that we might be brought back into the circle of true love, that of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Then…. ‘the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.’ The Third Person of the Trinity comes and shares that love within us! Amazing.
Do you know this love? Have you believed? If not, loves invitation goes out to you, to simply repent (recognise and turn from your sin to God who can save you), believe and receive.
If you do, are you rejoicing in it, enjoying it, praising God for it, living in it, working it out, sharing it? If not then don’t let the devil, your circumstances or whatever or whoever hold you back, He loves you and ‘nothing can separate you from the love of God’ – nothing, no demon, no one, no circumstance.