Have you ever tried to hate someone your child loves? Or have you tried to hate someone your best friend loves? Or anyone someone you love, loves?
I thought about this many years ago when I tried to hate someone our daughter loves. I tried to find every reason not to like the person, but it’s a hard thing to do. And don’t try to convince a person who loves someone, not to love that person. It’s darn near impossible. What you’ll find is you’ll begin to find some love for them and they may even find some love for you.
Here’s the principle. If you want the respect and favor of a person, find a way to love what they love.
When someone shows love to my family, my daughter, my wife, it’s almost impossible for me to dislike or hate that person.
God loves “The World”.
Ordinary people miss the easiest way to get God’s attention. Love what He loves…
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son…[He gave us Christmas]” – bible.com/116/jhn.3.16.nlt
The very reason we have Christmas is because God loved “the world.” If you want to know God’s love, then the easiest way to do that is to love what/who He loves. Love the world. For us to celebrate Christmas is to show love towards what He loves. Don’t hear what I’m not saying. You can’t physically love the whole global world, but you can love the world that you touch. This season find a way to love what He loves, your world.
The idea of Christmas came as a result of loving your world.
It’s because of God’s love for your world that we even have a Christmas. Could it be that the reason you’re not having much of a Christmas is because you have more love for self than others?
Here’s the primary reason we have people in our world.
“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD…’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor [your world] as yourself.’” – bible.com/116/mat.22.37-39.nlt
Because it’s normal, which means it’s easy, to love yourself, the scripture gives us guidance to love our neighbor, our world, like we love ourselves. This thought alone is uncommon; that’s not natural. We’re taught, conditioned, to love self first, selfie.
What would happen if you loved others? I guess you’d have Christmas every day. Loving another means, you’re loving what He loves and in doing so, you open yourself up to having God’s favor. If His love produced giving His only son to your world, then what would loving them do for you? What wouldn’t He give you?
No-Longer-Common nation, it’s time you experienced a love of God like never before. This Christmas place a special value on those God loves and see what type of Christmas you can really have.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!