The 4th Week of Advent brings us to the expectation of Love, and it has no better illustration than Paul’s writing to the Church in Corinth. The expectation of Advent brings us to the understanding that Hope, Peace, and Joy are all wrapped up in our Faith. Faith brings us the mercy of forgiveness through the life and death of Jesus Christ and Hope in the promise of eternal life through His resurrection.
We struggle sometimes with Faith because it is not often a tangible thing we can touch or feel with our hands nor see with our eyes.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
Faith in God’s love for us allows us to reconcile the gap between a sinful person and a Holy God.
God’s love for us came to life in Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the Love of Advent in the birth of Jesus Christ, we can better relate to Paul’s writing after the death and resurrection of Jesus on the power and meaning of God’s love in our lives. If Faith and Hope sustain us when we are left in a negative place by life’s circumstances, Paul reassures us in the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians that Love will always endure in all circumstances because it is God’s greatest gift to us as His children.
As Advent closes with the fulfillment of Jesus’ birth, we are reminded that the expectation of Advent begins our journey to the cross and ultimately to the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. If we pause here at the end of the year to reflect on this past year of our lives and also on the journey we have made through the Bible, we can recognize a few truths.
One is that our lives are uncertain at best, and preparing to be our best for God each day requires that we give Him each day and live it in Loving others as He Loved us. Two is that the Love we yield our lives to is a Love beyond our ability to comprehend. The Bible is a Love story of God’s Love for His creation in us and how He provided for our very life physically and spiritually. His Love should live in our daily lives so that others will see His Love when they look at us.
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