Happy Christmas Eve to everyone. It has been a difficult week to write with everyone home from school and Christmas to get ready for. However I couldn’t leave out one of the most powerful weapons we have in doing battle with fear, anxiety and depression and that is the weapon of Love. An act of love, no matter how small can bring peace, calm fears, sooth depression and stop anxiety in its tracks. ” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:18. and we my friends have been filled with God’s perfect love for the sole purpose to share it.
I believe we all have a purpose. Every single one of us was put on this earth with a purpose to fulfill. As Christians we are told what one of our purposes is its to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…and Love your neighbor as yourself…” Mark 12:30-31. That commandment is our purpose and when we choose to act in that love when we are fearful, depressed or anxious it takes the focus off of ourselves and onto God and other people which is where it should be. Its not easy to love someone when your suffering. The love that God calls us to is not an easy love that we do because we feel like it. It’s hard, sometimes scary but always good in the end.
It’s also not easy to accept love when your suffering. But God does not want us to shut ourselves off or down. He wants us to communicate and have community. He wants us to accept help, and love when its given to us, even if its not done the “right way or the way we would have done it.” By receiving love from others and from God himself we are able to give it to others more abundantly. I just watched the 2019 film Klaus for the first time this week. One of the themes of the movie is that one good, selfless act spurs others on to doing good. That how love works. You share it to someone and they feel loved they can share it to someone else.
God loves us, Jesus loves us, more than we can imagine and that love is never-changing. We were called to be lights in the world and to share that love with others. Whatever your purpose, whatever God calls you to do, know that loving other people will be at the center of it.
I hope you have a good Christmas. Ours looks very different from what were used too but that’s ok. I challenge you to show love to others even more so this year than in the past. So many people are suffering and need to feel God’s kind of love.