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.
Marlee Whitlock considered a question posed by her church in Indianapolis: How could you use $100 to make the world a better place? Adopted from Ethopia as an infant, Marlee decided that she wanted to help children in her native country. Read more of Marlee's story...