Our Study and Discussion Series for Advent is based on Down to Earth by Mike Slaughter and Rachel Billups from Ginghamsburg Church.
God is persistently generous with God’s love. As we enter the season of Advent in which we anticipate, and rejoice in, the coming of Jesus the Messiah, it is an important time to come face to face with God’s persistent love. Think about it, ever since the Garden of Eden God has been pursuing God’s wayward people. Through blessings, promises, signs and wonders, prophetic declarations, and the Law, God persistently and generously declared God’s unending love and bountiful grace to all who would return to God’s embrace. Yet, generation after generation ignored, betrayed, and rejected God. Still, in the ultimate expression of this persistent and generous love, God came down at Christmas. In the form of a child. Jesus, Emmanuel, God With Us.
We celebrate this persistent and generous love at Christmas. And, we are called to emulate it:
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:1-4)
God wants us to be just as persistent and generous in the way we love each other. It starts with recognizing God’s love for all people, but then it extends to loving one another as we love ourselves. Even when we are treated poorly, ignored, betrayed, or rejected, we ought to persist because God’s promise is that love will eventually rule and reign in all things. The promise of Christmas is that God’s love will never give up on us… so we should never give up on one another.
May you do love persistently and generously this season.