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Devotional - week of December 12, 2010


GOD'S LOVE REVEALED

 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  

1 John 4:9  NIV

 

Most believers have had many evidences of the love of God. We have had answered prayer. We have prayed for the sick and they were miraculously healed. We have needed financial resources and God has miraculously provided them. We have had many other occasions of need and God has wonderfully and abundantly supplied them.

 

The birth of Jesus and what He did and does for us are our greatest revelations that God loves us. God the Father sent God the son into this world that we might live through Him.

 

Jesus said that He had come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We see that love in the life of anyone who has received Jesus as Lord and Savior. We see God’s love especially in those who are experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promised.

 

Those of us who understand and experience our oneness with Christ have an unusual understanding of the abundant life Jesus came to give us. We remember well that day when the Father revealed to us our spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection through our oneness with Jesus. The love of God became more real to us than at any time in the past.

 

When we think of the life Jesus came to give us, we must also think of the life in heaven that is ours. Among many other blessings heaven has in store for us, is the truth revealed in Hebrews 12:23 that those who have already gone to heaven have been perfected. And so will we some day. In this the love of God is revealed.

 

When we understand and experience the life God has given us through His love in sending Jesus to this earth to live and die for us, we have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the special celebration of His birth at Christmas.