This question has been pondered by many over the years. As I lit the second purple candle on my Advent wreath this past sunday, I too, paused to ponder the gift of love.

Love comes in so many forms, doesn’t it? Over the centuries, philosophers have been at a loss to define love. If you watch Hollywood these days, you will really get confused messages about love.

Contrary to popular belief, love is an action, not a feeling. Love is a choice we make. Love is a commitment to love even when we don’t feel like it,and to love those who are unlovely. God showed us what love really looks like when He sent Jesus to be born in a manger so many centuries ago. When I read about how Jesus ate with the tax collectors and the prostitutes, how he cared for the little children, and how he had compassion for the sick and the poor, that shows me what love looks like. Love means giving; giving of yourself, giving up of yourself. To see the ultimate example of giving, take a look at the cross. There you will find Jesus, the only Son of God, giving his life for all of us. Now that is true love. He is why we celebrate Christmas.

This season I will look for ways to be more loving. It may be in my tone of speech, it may be in my thinking of the other person before myself, it may be to be more gentler to myself even. In expressing and giving love, it always comes back to us.

Whatever state we find ourselves in this Christmas season, let us remember how much God truly loves us. We are never alone for God is called Emmanuel, God with us. No matter what you are going through, dear one, know that God loves you more than you could ever imagine. Look for signs of His love this season, and then give the gift of love to someone else. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

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