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Devotional for December 17

L-O-V-E. Such incredible meaning in four simple letters. It is used 551 times in the NIV Bible. We are told in the Old Testament to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind’. What does this mean? How do we do it? How can we apply this to our every-day life with our family, friends and all of those around us. Four simple letters with such expectations. Christmas ushers in the best example of God’s unending love. He gave mankind a living, breathing symbol of His love. In the New Testament, Jesus showed the world time after time the manifestation of His love for us.

Through prayer, we show God our love for him and our recognition of the sacrifice He gave through His love. Christmas marks a time of the birth of this Love and allows time to celebrate those four simple letters with such meaning. The example He gave us, the mercy and grace He showed us…each key elements of love…need to be part of our love. At this time of year, we feel the Joy, the Hope, the Peace and the Love that Christ’s birth ushers in.

It is this Love of Christ and one another that most exemplifies our Christian walk. Our love of others is easy to see. This Christmas season, let our love, like Bethlehem’s star guide those around us to this advent of Christ.

Written by Todd Engels