"For God so LOVED the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The Christmas story is a LOVE story. It is God's LOVE story for His creation. John 3:16 is the one verse in the Bible that sums up the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. GOD SO LOVED THE WOLRD! HE GAVE! Jesus came into this world perfectly at just the right time. Jesus lived a perfect life, and Jesus died a perfect death. He died sacrificially for you and for me...for the world. Jesus rose from the grave and lives victorious over death and over sin forever more! Why did He choose to do this? Jesus LOVES the Father and the Father LOVES Him. John 17 explains the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Why did God choose to do it this way? I believe it is summed up in one word: LOVE. 1 John 4:7-8 says, "Dear friends, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE comes from God. Everyone who LOVES has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not LOVE does not know God, because God is LOVE." God's LOVE is an amazing LOVE...a great LOVE...a generous LOVE...a perfect LOVE. As you embrace God's LOVE this Christmas through Jesus Christ, remember that God's LOVE is active. It is alive inside of us, and God's LOVE drives us to do the same thing that He has done: GIVE. GIVE LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS! Give God's LOVE to your family, your friends, and yes, even the stranger on the street. I thank God today for His LOVE that has changed and continues to change my life!!!