Scripture:  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

In last weeks message entitled "God's Unlimited Love" (Part II), I talked about God's "Love"
as a fundamental aspect of God's nature and that his love is a two dimensional love.   The first
aspect of God's nature reaches out to humans, the creation of God, for whom He feels a parental
or fatherly concern.  God loves us as a parent, but greater than a parent.  His concern is for our
eternal destiny.

The second dimension is the love shared by the three Persons who makes up the Trinity: God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  Each one of them are equal and the same God
full of "unconditional and unlimited love." We might even say love unites the Trinity into the
unity we know as God.  This passage declares the love of God the Father for the Son.  Jesus
came into the world as the expression of God's love to the world that is lost.  The love of God
specifically reaches out from God in heaven to Jesus on earth as the bond that unites them
together.

This kind of love is call "agape."  It is a self-giving love that seeks to give itself away for the
benefit of its object.  It is not a self-seeking love, selfishly looking for something in return.  It is
a whole-hearted love, holding nothing back.  This kind of love expresses more than friendship or
attachment to something.  It goes beyond emotions, sentiments, or feelings.  It expresses
creative purpose.  Out of the riches of its own resources, it seeks to meet all the needs and
interest of its object.  This kind of love flows from the Father to the Son.  This kind of love
flowed from the Son to the lost of the world as Jesus Christ gave Himself for our salvation.

The Apostle Paul sums this up for us in several passages of scripture. In Galatians 4:4-5 he says
"But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his son, made of a woman, made
under the law. To redeem them that was under the law, that we might receive the adoptions of
sons." In Philippians 2:4-11 he tells us, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man
also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in
the form of God, though it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man; And being found
in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord to the glory of God the Father."

Jesus humbled himself, and took off his robe and crown in glory just to step down on earth to
save His people from their sins.  He was "...made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering
of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every
man" (Hebrews 4:9).

What about us? On Christmas day and the days that will follow, will we to have the mind of
Christ?  Will we humble ourselves and share the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by
the power of God the Holy Spirit with others?  Will we continue sharing our testimonies with our
love ones and with people we come in contact with everyday of our lives?  Or, on Christmas Day
will we take a deep breath and letting out a draining sigh, saying, thank God it is all over?

Let us be ever so mindful of the words of Paul found in I Corinthians 13:13 as we celebrate the
love of God and the gift of His son, Jesus Christ on Christmas day and every day, "And now
abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God" (I John 4:7).

Be Blessed!
Pastor Thelma Gilbert
Pastoral Resource Ministries, Inc.
An Outreach Resource Ministry
A Ministry for the Millennium
"God's Unlimited Love" (Part II1)
Words of Inspiration for the Week of December 21, 2003
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