Thursday, December 23, 2010

Unwrapping Christmas Love

It's the final installment of Unwrapping Christmas over at Faith Barista so pop over and take a peek at the discoveries you'll find there.  As for me, my final installment has led to the greatest of these:  Love (1 Cor. 13:13). 

It was His love that brought Him to our world over 2000 years ago.  It was His love for me...for you...for all of us.  His love that nailed His hands and feet to the cross all those years ago.  For my sin...your sin...their sin.  His love for a broken, lost world.  His desire to see all of humanity saved from the wrath of His Father to come. 

'The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.'  2 Peter 3:9

His gift to us this Christmas, every Christmas, is His love.  Unconditional.  Forgiving.  Merciful.  Grace-filled love.  Without it I would be lost.  Without I would be NOTHING.  Oh but with Him I am EVERYTHING.  I am forgiven.  My eternity with Him is sealed.  He is my friend, deliever, sustainer, Daddy. 

He is my gift.  He is my prize.  Together we are unstoppable.  Nothing can separate us.  His love is unfathomable and I am the grateful, humble recipient of the best gift ever given...  So Happy Birthday My Jesus!  And thank You for all You've done for me...


Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Allison, 1 Corinthians 13 is absolutely my favorite Bible Passage, and fresh in my mind from the wedding I officiated a couple weeks back. " 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." What a Powerful Statement! May we all take some time over the next several days to remember and praise the Ultimate Gift of Love that the Christ Child was for us. Thank you for this post, and have a Blessed Day!

Lisa said...

His Love is the perfect gift! While I was still so far away from Him, it was His Love that brought Him to earth to die for me. Thank you, Jesus!
Merry Christmas, Allison. I'm so thankful God brought you into my life!

Jenifer said...

Great post! His love is the best gift ever. He is so wonderful and worty of our praise.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Lisa notes... said...

His love is everything! We are blessed. Thanks, Allison, for sharing this.

Debbie Dillon said...

Beautiful post and wonderful reminders - "Unconditional. Forgiving. Merciful. Grace-filled love. Without it I would be lost." Amen!
Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog and comment when "busy" seems the buzz word of the day :)
Thanks again and enjoy a Merry Christmas!

Sheryl said...

Lovely post. I love those verses from 2 Peter.

Bonnie Gray said...

Wow. Allison. This was a GREAT post to end the series on Unwrapping Jesus. You weaved in the greatest gift - love - and led us to God's patience in 2 Peters 3:9.

Your words inspire and encourage us we've got it all, because we have HIM. ;)

Thank you for sharing yourself with us in the jam. I enjoy your brews and hope you had a very Merry Christmas!