In a world that has been corrupted by greed and lust. It’s wonderful to be the recipient of an act of love. The story of Christmas is the story of love. God’s kind of love. The love that wills the highest good of the other, as the other. Not the corrupted love humans give. An evil variant of love that is best described as emotions running riot. We are moved by the Christmas story. It reaches into the depths of our soul. It’s a wonderful love story. A story about hope, redemption, and humanity’s salvation. As it is written, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son.”
This is the only reason we can be hopeful about the future. That God’s love is real and observable. Without the assurance that God loves us and desires our well-being. We would be lost. The love of God is the basis of our hope. God loved us first. With all our flaws, and all our sins, he loves us still. In a masterstroke perfected at Easter. We are no longer a horde of sinners deserving of death and judgment. We were transformed into God’s children. The discussion is no longer about our impending destruction. We can now serve as the salt and light of the world.
When you allow the spirit of Jesus to dominate your heart. You become a beacon of love, hope and salvation to your world. This is a beautiful office to occupy. The Office of the Salt and Light of the World. The love of God in your heart. Made possible because you have escaped the corruption that is in the world. Delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of God. Never underestimate the value of the love you have received. This is the most profound love. For this reason, you must reaffirm your faith. Is the Spirit of Jesus alive in your heart? Are you simply a recipient of acts of love by others? Or are you allowing God’s love – the greatest love of all – to express itself through your soul?