As I reread today's devotion that I wrote a few years back, I am reminded of the greatest emotion ever — love! God, the Father, loved us so much that he conceived a plan for our salvation that involved the giving of his only Son for us. And Jesus, the son, loved us so much that he became a fragile, vulnerable infant. And let us not forget the Holy Spirit! Given at Jesus' request, by the Father, to abide in all believers — "Immanuel", truly God is "with us." God, in his love, gave the very best of himself: his Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lately, when I have been flipping through my Bible, inevitably I land at 1 Corinthians 12 and 13. Ringing me back to establishing love as my focus. "If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." (1Cor. 13:2-3, NIV) The words "AM NOTHING...GAIN NOTHING" seem to appear to me in bold letters. All that I am and whatever I do, must be saturated in love. Our motives, actions and surrendering are not really acceptable to God unless framed by love.
So as we celebrate the greatest birth ever — let us receive the love God alone can give. And let us be so filled with God's love that it overflows upon every person and every situation we encounter.
The United Methodist Church in Honduras uses El Aposento Elto, the Spanish language version of The Upper Room daily devotional to start new faith communities. They use "An Easy Plan to Use The Upper Room in Small Groups" found in the back of the magazine. As the groups grow, they build critical mass for new church starts.