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"God Inspires Love"

December 11, 2004

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“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15

You don’t have to wait until 1 Corinthians 13 to read about love. You don’t even have to wait until John 3:16 to hear about God’s love. Did you know that the love of God is seen way back in Genesis? And this announcement and example of love is amazing.

Picture it. God’s creation, Adam and Eve, have just disobeyed God. They have destroyed the perfection of paradise. God disciplines them, yet He doesn’t leave them in their punishment. He promises one will come who will defeat sin and Satan.

God’s love is so contrary to our human nature. Our nature says: Adam and Eve messed everything up so they get what they deserve. If they sin, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Thank God He doesn’t feel this way. If He did we would all be doomed. God knew His creation just couldn’t do it on their own. The need for a Saviour is abundantly clear. So in His time, He sent Jesus, His only Son.

This is what Advent is all about—waiting in eager expectation to again rejoice in the coming of our Saviour. The ultimate expression of God’s love.

Prayer: Thank You Lord God, Heavenly Father, for loving us so much that through all of history and despite all the shortcomings of humankind, You did not turn Your heart from sending into our midst the Saviour, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Invite someone to join you in worship tomorrow as you wait expectantly.
Rev. John Trembulak III

Today's Bible Readings: Zechariah 11-12    Revelation 2

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