Friday, December 19, 2014

Falling in Love This Christmas, by Sarah P.

Falling in Love This Christmas

By Sarah P.

Do you listen to a lot of Christmas music? I love to hear Christmas songs on the radio this time of year; classics by artists like Bing Crosby and Julie Andrews really put me in a holiday mood!

You might not have noticed, but a lot of those songs talk about love. "Let It Snow," and "Sleigh Ride," along with "Winter Wonderland," all mention sweethearts. That makes me wonder what in the Christmas season causes people to think about their “special someone” so much!

Anyway, I’ve got awesome new for you: there's this Man that loves you—yes, I literally mean you— a lot. He loves you more than you can imagine. He's perfect in every way. He's kind and considerate, loving and tender, and He's actually his eye on you your whole life. He thinks you're beautiful, lovely, and precious. He desires to have a close relationship with you and carefully watches over you every day. He longs to talk with you, listen to you, and teach you.

His name is Jesus Christ. That might seem weird to you; you might be thinking, "Yeah, I know, but, He's God. He loves me, but not like that. Not that personal. He likes me and all, but He doesn't want to be that close to me."

Check out this passage from Isaiah 54:5, "For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth..." (NLT). God does love you like that! In fact, here He compares your relationship with Him to that of a husband and wife! Again in Isaiah 62:5b, He says, "God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride." Jesus is serious about having a relationship with you: one that is even deeper than a husband and wife have. He really loves you that much!

God knows every detail of your life. He watches and cherishes your every breath, move, and thought; He planned out and carefully chose the path your life would take before you were even born… (See Psalm 139) and yet He doesn't stop there!

When God first created us, we had a close relationship with Him. When we sinned, our sin separated us from Him. So God made a rescue plan. Jesus stepped out of heaven to save us and rescue the disobedient people He loves. He died painfully on the cross to win us back and provide a way for us into heaven. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus as God’s gift to us, His sacrifice for us. That's exactly what Christmas is all about: God’s love in giving Jesus to pay for our sins.

So while you're singing along with the radio, making Christmas cookies, and daydreaming about candy canes, why not enjoy the love of Jesus? Spend some time talking to Him and reading His Words in the Bible. You’ll discover that Christmas is a time to do exactly what the songs say: fall in love!

God Bless,


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