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Christmas in my hometown of Frankfurt, Germany

One of my favorite things to do at Christmas time is to drive around our neighborhood looking at Christmas lights and sipping hot chocolate. It fills me with a warm fuzzy kind of love for the season, people and family. But this is a sentimental kind of love. If we want to know true love we need to look to God.

There are certain things we know about the nature of God. Some of these things are that he is a spirit, that he is light and, we are told, that He is love. He doesn’t just love, he is love (1 John 4:8).

We may think that we know what love is, but because of sin we only have a partial and broken view of love. Sometimes our love is temperamental or conditional and sometimes we fall out of love all together.  Here are some ways in which our love and the God who is love differs.

God’s love is unearned.

We love someone because something in that person has evoked love in us. A girl may fall in love with a man because he is kind, hardworking and handsome. But God’s love for us is not based on our virtues. He loves us out of his own will not because we are beautiful or good.

It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you …  Deuteronomy 7:7-8

God’s love is unchanging.

God does not love us more one day and less the next. He does not grow weak in his affection for us because of our failure. His love  also does not grow stronger because of our performance. God love is always the same, and therefore he loves you, with a strong, powerful, passionate love today as he will tomorrow and the next day.

Because God’s love does not ever change we can, with confidence, hold onto Romans 8:35, that nothing can separate us from God’s love, not our sin from yesterday or our sins and neglect of him tomorrow. God’s love for his children is sure.

God’s love is gracious.

God’s love is gracious because in it he seeks the good of another, namely us. The biggest demonstration of God’s love is the giving of his son in order to rescue us. It is at Christmas that we celebrate God, perfect love, becoming visible. Love itself took on form; hands, feet, face and voice. True love walked among sinful people. Love divine chose to be raised by a fallen mom and dad, and to be worshiped by outcast shepherds. It was Christ’s love for his own that caused him to endure persecution and ultimately death at the hands of the very people he had made.

This should evoke in us a love for God so strong that we would gladly sacrifice everything to make him first in our lives. Are we willing to give up our time in order to spend it with him? Are we willing to share this wonderful love story with others without shame or excuse?

Pray that no matter how many times we hear the Christmas story that we would feel awe, joy and love towards such a perfectly loving God who saves sinners such as us.

Looking to Jesus,

 

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  1. Thank you, this was so comforting, it blessed my heart. I love what you said…Gods love for His children is sure. That is so powerful, comforting and reassuring. We do the same thing as a family, go see Christmas lights. We try to as many times we can during this month. And during those times I remind them that Jesus is the light in us He lights the way. When we have Jesus we shine as bright as these beautiful houses all lit up. When we don’t have Jesus we are as dark as these houses with no lights.

    By His grace,
    Adrienne
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Germany looks absolutely amazing at Christmastime. Yes, God’s love is unchanging, and I am learning how undeniably true that is in my life, personally. I am learning to accept that He never gets mad at me and turns HIs back on me. He accepts me for all that I am all the time, he forgives me, He strengthens me, and He loves me.
    Thanks for this post.

  3. I live 20 minutes away from Frankfurt, and we’re going to the Christmas market there tomorrow. The markets here in Germany are beautiful!

  4. Christy, I am a little jealous right now.:) We went to the Christkindle market in Chicago a few days ago and as fun as it was it just does not compare to the real deal. I always get homesick for Germany at Christmas time. My sister and her family, as well as my mom live in Frankfurt so I wish I could be there too. :) Hope you have fun tomorrow!

  5. Lisa Peacock says:

    I am just beginning the Advent Bible Study and am stumbling my way around the website. I will eventually figure it out. I think this whole entire concept is awesome. To have a bible study with women at whatever time workds best for you. Keep me in your prayers as I will do you and lets get to studying. I’m excited to find all the nuggets God has in store for me.

  6. Just OUTSTANDING – copied it and will hold tight to it all year long!

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