“But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.” -Psalms 13:5 NASB
The greatest gift is love. The Bible tells us so. “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13 NASB. The word “love” is found in the NASB Bible 205 times. Loving is the greatest commandment: “And He said to him, ” ‘ YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘ YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’” -Matthew 22:37-39 NASB. And love is what God gave to us that first Christmas. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 NASB
The thing is, God’s love is not like our love. His love for us is perfect, unconditional, and abiding (forever and ever). It is not dependent on our performance or behavior. That’s a hard thing for me to wrap my brain around. Maybe it is for you too. Finite minds struggle with the idea of an infinite God loving us infinitely. But, it’s the truth and if nothing else, I pray that Christmas brings us a true grasp of that infinite, unconditional, perfect love. That first Christmas was a gift of pure love!
Wishing you receptivity to His unfailing love this Christmas!