Make the Most of Christmas - by yesHEis

Devotional

All you need is love (and eggnog)

If you struggle to find opportunities to talk about Jesus, you better not shout and you better not cry, because an opportunity is coming to town.

Share Jesus by speaking and living out love this Christmas.

It’s hard to quantify what love actually is, yet it’s something we all experience. So whether it’s talking about love, living out love, or both – embracing a lifestyle of outwardly focused love will help you share the love of Jesus this Christmas.

Christmas is a season where love comes into full focus. It’s a time of year where we put aside our regular priorities and give attention to the people we love the most. Our emotional mirrors are replaced with windows to see the needs of others more clearly.

There are two key Bible verses that highlight the nature of God’s love. In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. Put simply, God loves the whole world. God’s love does not discriminate. It’s not restricted to a certain group of people or just reciprocated to those who love Him.

Romans 5:8 reveals the unconditional nature of God's love:

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”


This verse tells us that not only does God’s love extend out to every single person, but He also shows his love towards you regardless of what you’ve done.

This Christmas, let love be a motivator for you to both speak out God’s love and to live out God’s love.

Speak out God’s love by opening up conversations about love.

Talk about a time when you experienced God’s unconditional love. Explain how Jesus himself was a gift of love to the world.

Live out God’s love by taking intentional actions which prioritize the needs of others above your own.

Replace your personal mirror with a window. Put together some Christmas hampers for the people in your community who are in need. Go out and sing some carols in the community. Write letters of appreciation to the people in your street. The options are endless.

Speak out and live out love in your community this Christmas.

Decide now how you’re to do it, make a plan, and see what God does through you this Christmas season.