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Advent: Love

When I sat down to start explaining what Love means to me I thought, this will be easy.  After I started, it did not turn out to be so easy.  If I were in a conversation with someone and they asked me what is love, I felt confident I could explain but then I realized Love is such a complex emotion that it confuses many.  Let’s not get confused with the feeling of Love which Scientists claim involve dopamine, serotonin and other chemical reactions within our body.  This is what I refer to as physical love.

It is easy to explain the love between a man and wife, it is easy to explain your love of country, it is a little more complex to explain the love you have for your fellow man and then comes Love that God provides.  One angle to look at for physical love is:  Love is not finding someone you can live with, but someone you cannot live without.  Is that any different than the Spiritual and Physical Love we have for God?

There are so many scriptures discussing Love.  One of the most common and well written is 1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  So, when asked: “what is love to you.”  have you ever thought of using this as a standard for your love of wife, country, neighbor, God?  There is nothing missing in this message identifying what love is.  This is like a checklist of how to express love.

But I think in understanding God’s Love we need to look further.  God Loves everyone not just the righteous.  Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  

Do not just pray for your family and friends, do as commanded, pray for you enemy.  What a resounding voice among men when you do this.  The unrighteous see the full glory of God in Man when we follow his commandments.  What lives can we change with just a little Love.  As a song says, “Love can turn the world”.  

We can change the way we are. The power lives inside our hearts. We can be anything we wanna be.

If coal can turn to diamonds.

And sand can turn to pearls.

If a worm can turn into a butterfly. Then love can turn the world. Oh, love can turn the world.

The God who made you made us all. Big and little, short and tall

 

So what is the bottom line?  Love is a precious gift from God that he wishes we would share not only with Him but with everyone we come in contact with.  During this Advent Season open your heart and allow Love to guide you.  Remember, the greatest gift of all is “LOVE”.  

This is my wish for all.

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