Pastor’s Pen December 2015

As we have looked through John’s letters over the past month we have seen an underlying theme of love.

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. Flowing from that we should love our neighbour as our self (Matthew 22:36-40).

This is not talking about love as a warm fuzzy feeling or as friendship, but a love which is giving and prepared to sacrifice for the sake of the other. John tells us that we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). The love that we give flows out of the love God has first showed towards us.

As we approach Christmas we are reminded of the greatest love ever shown, when Jesus set aside his place in Heaven to come among us as one of us. Not coming as a ruler in a royal palace, but as a helpless infant born to very ordinary people. He truly was one of us, so he understands all of our struggles. And the babe of Bethlehem is the same Jesus who hung on the cross at Calvary to pay the price of our sin and open the way for us to be reunited with God.

May this Christmas season draw us all closer to the love of God and love for each other.

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