Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”

The above scripture is from 1 John 4:7-13 (NIV). It is the scripture that stood out to me the most while reading my devotional and Bible this morning. While it should make me think about all the blessings in my life, it makes me think of all the horrible things going on in our world—the hate, the crime and all the people who could really use a whole lot of Jesus.

God is love.

God loves us.

We ought to love one another.

Today marks the first Sunday of Advent in the United States. While this traditionally marks the start of the Christian year, many of us use it to start the Christmas season in preparation for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As you prepare your holiday plans and pocket books this season, I’m challenging you to prepare your hearts for a season of love.

Love God. Love one another. As Ellen DeGeneres says, “be kind to each other.” Approach each day and each person in love. You never know what the other person is going through.

Peace and blessings to you this Christmas season!

Aunt Bubba

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