We Love Because He First Loved Us!
Not so long ago, we celebrated Christmas. We commemorated the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited fufillment of God's great promise of salvation for his people.
Now what, indeed. The great, overwhelming, mind-boggling love and grace that God showed us by sending his Son to be our Saviour cannot leave us untouched, unchanged. If we just carry on living our lives as we wish, as if Jesus's birth never happened, we are missing the point badly. If we are to be followers of God, we must love our neighbours--not because we are under orders to do so, not because we can earn our salvation by doing so (as if earning our salvation was even possible), but as an offering of thanksgiving to the God who loved us first.
This has very real implications for how we live our lives. Love is an action word, and actions speak louder than words. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning real, practical ways to love our neighbours.
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