Take a few minutes to read the Bible verses listed and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in how this verse applies to you this week.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
It’s here! This is the day that we have looked forward to all month. We have shared Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love in the acts of kindness for others, and now we see how God’s gift of Jesus pulls all of these themes together at Christmas.
You may know today’s verse by heart, but did you ever think of it as an Advent verse?
“For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son…”
He loved us so much that he did something! Remember, God’s love isn’t just a feeling, it’s an action. How have you put your love for him and for others into action this Christmas season?
“That whoever believes in him…”
Believing is one way we “keep in step with the Spirit.” It is how we tap into the JOY of seeing God in our lives. How have you shown people God’s joyful presence in their lives?
“...shall not perish…”
Think of the PEACE that this promise gives us. We are safe in God’s hands and do not need to worry. Have you taken away the worries of people around you this season?
“...but have eternal life.”
Because of God’s gift of Jesus, we have the ultimate HOPE that we will live with him forever. That hope gets us through difficult times. What have you done to give people hope in difficult times this Advent?
“Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the father of heavenly lights.” (James 1:17) Because God has given us all the gifts of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love at Christmas, we are able to share those gifts too. When we share the gifts of Christmas, we point others to the ultimate gift: Jesus.