Christmas Love is Sacrificial Love.
Christmas love gives someone a reason to believe. Spending wads of money in material giving to meet a felt cultural obligation falls short. That's just a scratch on the surface of the glass. The real meaning is found in the heart.
Take a look at that unspoken citizen in Bethlehem who loaned his humble animal manger to a traveling stranger carrying a young wife in imminent labor.
“Sorry, friend, I don't have a private room in my house; but I own a manger in the side of the hill there. You can use the fresh straw I placed today. My livestock are very tame. It looks like you better hurry.”
Those wise Magi may have been wealthy. Even so, they traveled far by faith through sandy deserts and wastelands following their star to find the Messiah.
“And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11 NKJ).
Astounding generosity, noted Jesus, was displayed by the poor widow who gave two small coins to the temple offering.
“Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had” (Luke 21:3-4).
There was a sinful woman who anointed, washed, and kissed the feet of Jesus with an expensive alabaster jar of perfume. And she dried his feet with her hair. Jesus spoke to his host, the objecting Pharisee Simon.
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little" (Luke 7:44-47).
This Christmas find someone who needs Christmas love!
Jesus told the story of the Samaritan who found a man beaten and robbed by the roadside (after a priest and a Levite sauntered by.) He poured oil and wine on the victim's bloody wounds and bandaged them. He took the man to an inn and paid for his care with his own money.
36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise" (Luke 36-37).
Christmas love is not found in placing barriers, limitations, or restraints on giving.
Christmas love is unlimited love.
5" Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2;5-8).
Christmas love is self-sacrificing love.
Christianity is not a religion; it's a person. Christmas love gives someone a reason to believe.
Christmas love is the love of Jesus.
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