Word of the Week: Love
Love is one of the most central themes at what it means to be a Christian. Jesus is quoted as saying “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) It is this purity and simplicity that is the greatest motivator for us.
Christian love is not love in the Hollywood sense. It isn’t grand, dramatic gestures with red rose petals and beautifully aromatic flowers. It is a sentiment, yes, but it is also more than that. It is a way of being, a rule of action. Christian love is an attitude towards our fellow man that we must treat strangers with compassion, lest the roles be reversed.
This may seem at odds with the everyday meaning of the word love, and that’s because it is. Christian love is about mercy and charity. God gave us his sole begotten son because of his love for us, and we should give so willingly and without reproach. Despite our sin, we were sent Jesus to redeem us. Such is the glory of God.
As the Holidays approach, draw yourselves not into the materialistic sense of giving, but give of yourself. That is the greatest way to celebrate Christ. Spread and share his love, as you have been given love, and as he has given his love to you.
And in our faith, the best gift we can give to our children is one and the same.
Trust in your heart and faith.