2017 Advent Reflection Week Four
“For the Lord will not reject [us] forever. Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love. For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.” —Lamentations 3:31-33
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” –Luke 2:10b-11
4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE
Today: How are we loving?
A central message of advent is in the last few lines of the gospel: Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.” One of the deepest meaning of the Christmas message; is the love of God is always with us. The baby in the manger, the child in his mother’s womb, the outpouring of the Holy spirit on Mary, are all signs that the God is with us.
Christmas offers the gift of LOVE! Christmas is a gift given to all of us. This gift of Christmas is the opportunity to share God’s love and to let others know that God is still with us. In our kindness towards others at Christmas we are sharing God LOVE. Sharing the message of the gospel, we bring Christmas alive.
Share: Discuss ways your family or Bible study group, you are displaying loving
Encourage: Encourage those around you that you see living or walking in darkness, to live in the love of Christ
Evaluate: Identify distractions that will keep you from truly worshiping Christ this Christmas.