‘Tis the Season
1 John 3:16-17
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but shuts off his compassion from him – how can God’s love reside in him?
Jesus fully displayed God’s love for us on the cross. He gave everything He had in order for us to have a relationship with the Father and inherit eternal life. There was nothing more He could give, nor was there anything else necessary that He could not give. After experiencing this kind of love, how can we not give lesser things to those around us in need if we have truly felt the love of Christ?
I’m blessed to see many giving individuals this time of year. Most people I know want to help in some way, and some have the ability to give more than others. God never expects us to give more than we can, but He fully expects us to do what we can. When we have nothing to give, at least we can pray or encourage those who can to give. When the love of Christ is within us, we can’t help but want to give and meet the needs of those who are hurting. To completely shut off compassion to those in real need reveals a cold heart and one that desperately needs Jesus. In fact, the cold, compassionless heart is in greater need than one who cannot purchase groceries but has Jesus. In Christ, we should give to those in need and pray for those who have no heart to give at all.
I know the month of December is rough on the pocket-book, but let’s not ever forget, just how much Jesus gave for us. We can never out-give Him, and we should learn to lay our lives down for our brothers. Jesus also taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. He knows what you need and what you give, and He is certainly able to make up any difference you sacrifice for the sake of someone else. He can multiply whatever you give to Him and make it go farther than you ever imagined! ‘Tis the season for giving and the season for blessing, and ’tis the season to remember what Christ did for us. That is why we call it CHRISTMAS!
Have a blessed day!