Read Titus 3:1-11. For many of us, friends and family might be arriving today to spend the Christmas weekend with us. This can sometimes lead to strained relationships!
God calls us to love everyone. That means the unlovely. It includes the difficult people in our lives. It means the irritable and the irritating! It includes those who are difficult or demanding. How on earth can we love people like that? We can only do so if we have God’s love in us. We must open ourselves up to the extravagant, unconditional love of God so that it lives in us – in fact, so that he lives in us! When he does then our whole focus in life changes from ourselves to others, even the difficult ones.
You and I must have God’s love flowing into us so that it can flow out of us to others. Will you take time this Christmas to know and experience God’s love overflowing in you so that it can flow out of your life to others around you?
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- How can you get to know God’s love better this Christmas?
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