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Friday, December 14, 2018

Love Personified


This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

It is absolutely impossible to paint a picture of an abstract concept such as love. Though many artists have attempted to capture the perfect image of love on canvas or through many other artistic mediums, their efforts are always incomplete because of the finite nature of man and the various perspectives and imperfections of their attempts. Neither can we see love perfectly personified in another person. If a person were to say that someone personifies love, he or she would mean that the person seems to be a perfect example of love or at least to have the quality of love to a large degree. But even that image breaks down because no person can perfectly personify the concept of love—except one. The scripture says that God sent His one and only Son, a perfect example of love, not only to show us love and demonstrate His love for us, but also that we might represent that love for others by living through Him.

This is the very essence of Christmas: love personified. God is love and Jesus is love perfectly personified. Only when we gaze upon the Christ-child in the manger, and at Jesus the man on the cross, while reflecting on the significance of the empty tomb, can we begin to comprehend the magnitude of His love. It is as we live through Him and the gift He has given us in the Holy Spirit, that we can be instruments of His love for others to see and experience.