LOVE AND LIGHT

By Lisa Huddleston

The fourth candle in our wreath represents Love.

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  Love consists in this:  not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.  No one has ever seen God.  If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.

This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us:  He has given to us from His Spirit.  And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God.  And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him

In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; for we are as He is in this world.  There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment.  So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.  We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:7-19)

Dear friends, as we light this candle may we also remember that we are His light.  We are as He is in this world!  Isn’t that an astounding thought?  Do we love as He loves?   Do we put others ahead of ourselves?  Do we testify to Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection without fear?  Do we have complete confidence as we approach His throne?  Do we love not only our friends but also our enemies?  If so, if we remain in Him and He in us, then we are the Light of World!  I confess that I am not there yet: not yet perfect in love, not without fear, not confident, not selfless.  But I am thankful that He is perfect and that He who has begun this good work in me promises to see it through to completion.  Because of Him, yes, even I am the Light of the World!

Four candles:  Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Four flames to light the world.  Four beacons to show the way.  Like a bright star in a very dark sky.  Jesus is here!  The Light of the World.  The Way.  That Light shines in darkness, yet the darkness does not overcome it—will never overcome it!  The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming, is coming, and has come into the world.  He is here.  Hallelujah!  He is here.  Amen … and Merry Christmas!

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