Love is a warm embrace.
The final purple, or blue candle is lit on the Fourth Sunday of Advent to celebrate Love, God’s love and our love for one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love endures all things.
Love hopes all things.
Love is kind.
Love bears all things.
Love is patient.
Love believes all things.
Love never fails.
Love does not seek its own interests.
Love Rejoices with the Truth.
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder. ~Charles Morgan
John 3:16-18 The Message
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
1 John 4:19 International Children’s Bible
We love because God first loved us.
1 John 4:7-10 The Message
God Is Love
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 The Message
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Dear Lord, this Christmas, help me to see the love in others; help me to feel the love inside me. Amen
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