In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
As we embark on this Advent journey, our hearts are drawn to the profound reality that God first loved us. The essence of Christmas lies in the divine initiative of God, who, in an act of incomprehensible love, sent His Son into the world.
Reflecting on the biblical concept of love, we find the epitome of self-sacrifice in laying down one's life for another. Jesus himself declared in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." The birth of Christ foreshadows the ultimate act of love on the cross, where Jesus willingly laid down His life for the redemption of humanity.
Love, as depicted in the Bible, is not merely a sentiment but a verb—an action. In 1 Corinthians 13, often called the "Love Chapter," we encounter a description of love as patient, kind, not self-seeking, and enduring. Love, in its truest form, is an active force that compels us to seek the well-being of others.
As we navigate the season of Advent, let us embody the love of God by engaging in acts of kindness, selflessness, and sacrificial love. May we emulate the example set by God in sending His Son and by Christ in laying down His life. This Advent, let love be more than a concept; let it be a transformative force, a verb that defines our actions and reflects the boundless love that God first showed us.