Luke 2:6-7

What is love?

  • 1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us...

Remember God's love in the birth of Jesus.

In the Christmas story, love was simple, not extravagant.

It was relational, not just an event.

1 Corinthians 13 gives us the clearest description of how perfect love is lived out in our relationships.

Love is:

  • is patient
  • is kind
  • rejoices in truth
  • bears all things
  • believes all things
  • hopes all things
  • endures all things

Receive God's love in your life.

God's love is a gift for us to receive.

Relate to it. God's gift of love is Himself, manifested in the person of Jesus Christ.

John 17:3

Reflect God's love in our church and community.

1 John 3:16-18

  • 16a: By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us,
  • 16b: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
  • 17: But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
  • 18: Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

We are to reflect God’s love in three ways according to this passage:

  • Reflect it in sacrificial service (v. 16b).
  • Reflect it in sincere compassion (v. 17).
  • Reflect it in Christ-centered action (v. 18).

Challenges for you today:

  • Are you remembering God’s love manifested to us in Jesus this Christmas?
  • Have you received the gift of God’s love in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
  • How will you reflect God’s love to others?
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