Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. But he that loves not knows not God for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
Pies, pies and more pies! Our family holiday celebrations simply are not complete without pie. I have learned over the years to roll out the dough, mix up the perfect ingredients and cook some of the most amazing passed-down family recipes. This past weekend, I brilliantly decided to make “mini” pies. Sounded easy and fun at the time. I rolled out the dough, cut it in small round circles and poured in the famous pumpkin pie recipe. As they cooked, the house began to smell wonderful! When the timer went off, I quickly took them out.
“Wow, I should have a show on the cooking network,” I thought to myself. When they were cool and ready for serving, I decided to pop one in my mouth. It did not take long to discover that something was VERY wrong. I had forgotten to put sugar in the pies. The pies smelled good, they looked good but they tasted AWFUL! All desserts need sugar. To eat a dessert that is not sweet simply defeats the point of eating a dessert.
Just like you can’t have dessert without sugar, you can’t have Christmas without love. The whole purpose of Christmas is love. Christmas began with love from an amazing God. It continued as His son came to the earth as a baby. God very clearly states to us that He came because He loves us, because He IS love. That love for us is an invitation to relationship with Him, an invitation to know Him. As we get to know Him, something crazy happens, and we begin to love people more authentically. We begin to love the unlovable. We begin to love the difficult. We begin to love those that do not love us. Crazy right?
Loving our favorite people is so easy. Loving those who are impossible at times, is possible because of Christmas. I am sure you have heard it said, “Love came down at Christmas time.” Unfathomable love became possible because a baby was born in a manger. Let God transform your season by knowing Him and loving those around you.
Merry Christmas from the contributors at Sow & Gather.
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Do you know God? I John 4:7-8 gives you a great evaluation tool? Has the love of God driven you to loving people? Use this Christmas season to know God and then love unlovable people.
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your love. Help me to know You more and more. Transform my thinking so that I will see people as You do. Jesus, help me to love through You this season. Amen.
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