Put on the Full Footie PJs of Advent: Love

Last week I wrote a post about how much I needed to let my armor down, have a soldier's reprieve, and slip into the warm, comfort of advent.  I want to bask in who Jesus is and long for His coming.  I wrote about how much we need hope and how God gives us hope, even though we don't deserve it.

Today I'm going to talk about love.  We need love, and one of the greatest challenges of our Christian life is oftentimes loving other people.  People can make it easy not to love them.  We can sometimes make it easy not to love us.  Why do we do it?  Why is accepting love often harder than giving it?

I believe that it is easy to slip into the human, fleshly belief that we don't deserve love.  If it wasn't, suicide wouldn't be the second leading cause of death of young people aged 10 to 24.

I know everyone reading this has had that moment or several moments in their life where they didn't believe they deserved to be loved.  I know I have.

This is the worst lie the devil has up his sneaky sleeve, that we are not loved.

 

You are loved.

You are loved

You are loved.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
— 1 John 4:16-19 ESV

Fear can easily turn into my main mode of operation, as a mother or just as a human.  This time of year, I see more car accidents and people honking than all year long.  I just want to yell at people to go home and drink some hot chocolate.  Whatever they are rushing to can't be worth it.

Fear is the easy voice to find in your head.  It's loud and urgent.

Love is there too, speaking softly.  If we push it away and decide we are not worthy, it gets so muffled that we can barely hear it.

Guess what?  We aren't worthy, but God loves us anyway.

We aren't worthy, but our family loves us anyway.

Your kids aren't worthy, but you love them anyway.  (If your kids are new and still smell like a mix of baby powder and Heaven, just wait.  They will do something you don't approve of in a blink.  You'll be disappointed, but then you'll love them through it.)

Love isn't about earning.  Love is freely given and never deserved.  And God's love is the best.  It's top-grade, pure, and good to the bone.

It is hard to believe that we are allowed to receive the pure, unconditional love of God.  But He gave it to us before we could even know to ask for it.  He gave it to us before our cells formed into the DNA that makes you, you.  He loved you first.

The sending was from this love.

Jesus came to Earth only because of this love.

Receive it.  Come to Him as a child and hold onto it with confidence.  Hear it.  Keep it close.

We share it all year round.  Just for a moment, get cozy with that overwhelming love that only God can give.  Savor it and know that this love was poured out just for you.