The First Christmas Gift Was Recycled–1 John 2:7-8, 1 John 4:7-8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

Have you opened all of your gifts?

How long will it take for the new to wear off?

How long will it take for that new outfit, gadget, or toy to wind up in the Goodwill pile?

Did you know that the gift God gave us on that first Christmas was recycled?

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.  —1 John 2:7-8

When Jesus gave us the command to love one another it wasn’t anything “new.” The first time God mentioned it was in Leviticus 19:18…

…but they didn’t get it.

They could not understand love.

So God had to show us love.

That’s exactly what he did 2000 years ago when He sent His only Son to a lowly stable. Telling us about love didn’t work, so He showed us how to love.

Yes, He sent Jesus to earth to pay the price for our sins, but it was also the greatest display of love we will ever see.

As Jesus grew EVERYTHING He did was about love. Through that love, the Truth of God was revealed. He restated that commandment in John 13:34-35.

This is the message the world needs– 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

–but they’re not going to get it from the Christmas story, as beautiful as it is…

They’re not going to get it from the latest gift or gadget.

They’re only going to “get it” if we live the love of Christ out in our daily lives.

The problem is many of today’s Christians are so caught up in receiving, they’ve done nothing to develop the discipline of giving and showing the love of Christ.

As we enjoy the final moments of this Christmas Day let’s make 2014 the year of love.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

Jesus, teach us how to love!

Merry Christmas!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25, Revelation 1:1-2:29

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