The other night I was walking to church with my son. I was singing him Christmas carols and began singing O’ Holy Night. I’ve sung it a million times. Ok, probably not a million, but definitely thousands. This time as I sung my little boy the third verse, with cars whirling by, I had to hold back tears. I was thankful no one else was on the walking path that night, because I sung it over and over again, just worshiping Jesus.
“Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease!”
I began thinking about the billions of people who don’t know Jesus, who feel oppressed, alone and without hope. Christmas has generally been a happy time for me, but for many this isn’t the case. The lyrics of this song are tied so heavily to scripture. Jesus did teach us to love one another. Over and over again Jesus gave us examples of what it looks like to love.
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
That night walking to church something shifted in my own heart. I felt so much compassion for humanity; for those who don’t know God’s law is LOVE.
This Christmas season I’m challenging myself to L O O K, L I S T E N and A C T.
I’m going to be aware of those who are sitting alone, listening for those who need an encouraging word, looking for those I can share what Christmas is really about and that GOD’S LAW IS LOVE!!! Selah! (Stop and think about this)
Will you do this too? Let’s get a little uncomfortable, push past what we perceive as social barriers and just go for it. As Pastor Joel Shaw says so often, “Let’s be laid down lovers of Jesus!”.
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