By: Tamika M.
There is such a beauty found in the message of Christ.
There is such hope and truth in who God is and what he has done.
God is love and not just any love; he is a love like none other.
He is agape love.
Agape love is a love that is without measure; it is a love that can not compare; it is a love shown in sacrifice; it is unconditional, unmatchable love.
It is love that is given to those who are undeserving, with no requirement or criteria.
It is freely given to us. That love is found in Jesus.
The Bible says in John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
And in this verse, we see that agape love made a sacrifice for you and me. The Bible does not say that to receive this love, we have to do anything; it does not say to receive this love that we have to have it all together.
It reminds us that this love made a sacrifice for us even before we made a decision to choose him.
Love on this earth, as we know it, comes with conditions and stipulations.
It's usually self-serving and based on if you do this, then I will do that.
But the Bible teaches us of a different type of love.
It teaches of a love that holds no record of wrongs. It teaches of a love that is forgiving. It teaches of a love that makes sacrifice.
It teaches us and shows us the love of Jesus.
And this holiday season, as we bask in the truth of Jesus, in the truth that he came on this earth, was born in a manger, as we reflect on that, let us not forget what his coming represents.
It represents redemption; it represents forgiveness; it represents another chance even when underserving. It shows true sacrifice in the face of adversity.
As we reflect on the love of Christ in this holiday season, let us not forget to share that love with others.