For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16
“For God so loved.” These are among the most widely recognized words from the Bible. For the follower of Christ, these words are deeply meaningful. If God had not so loved, then we would be lost and without hope. But the truth is, God did (does) love the world; so much so that He gave. This is the foundation of our hope and the reason for our joy.
God’s love resulted in action. God did not merely possess feelings or well wishes towards us and stop there. God does not simply possess love or feel love, but is love. This love compelled Him to send His only Son to be a sacrifice. For us to understand what love truly is, we must look to the character of God as set forth in Scripture.
During this Advent season, we remember that God knew our condition and loved us enough to do something about it by sending His only Son to the earth to redeem mankind. When Jesus walked the earth, He also showed us how to love through doing. As we live our lives and mature in the faith, we should start to recognize the needs and conditions of others and love them enough to do something about it. True love moves beyond the emotions and initiates movement.
The Christmas season is a testament to the act of giving. We give gifts to one another because of our love or relationship with another. Let us recognize the greatest Gift of all in Christ Jesus, and may our lives be one of giving from a heart of love.