Advent Love

Advent Week THREE: LOVE

What is love? It is more than a rush of emotion one feels when attracted to a special person. True love requires action and commitment. One of the most popular passages of Scripture on love can be found in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13.:
If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions to charity, and if I surrender my body so that I may glory, but do not have love, it does me no good. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  –1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NASB

Life is often compared to running a race, and love is the fuel that provides us the ability to endure all things. All things. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we will never encounter a situation in which love is not the answer. 2020 has provided many opportunities for us to love one another. 2021 will be no different. Will you join me in working to love others by being patient, kind, humble, selfless, long-suffering, forgiving, honest, trustworthy, and hopeful? These are the attributes of true love, the kind of love Jesus has for us. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that we are able to love others like Jesus loves us.

Father, will you help me see others through your eyes? Will you give me a heart of love and compassion for everyone I encounter? Break my heart for things that break yours and allow me to love like you do. Allow me to love unconditionally the people who think differently than I do. Empower me to love my enemies. Finally, help me to understand how much you love me; your unwavering, extravagant, never ending love. Amen.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” –Matthew 5:43-48

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” –1 John 4:7

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” –John 15:13

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” –1 John 3:1

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” –Romans 5:8
Teresa Jackson

Teresa founded Sharing Life in 1999 because of the difficulty she had as a single mother finding the services she needed to provide for her family. Her desire is to serve her community with compassion, understanding and grace - providing hope and practical help for our clients at the point of their needs.