Christmas Lesson of Love

Over the last few weeks, we looked at the Christmas story to find faith and hope in abundance in the lives of the people of the first Christmas. In the previous lessons, we found a deep faith in Mary as she accepted the words of the angel and the shepherds showed us hope as they left their sheep to find the newborn king on that particular night. This week, we will look at the Christmas story to see the love found within it

 Christmas Lesson of Love

For our first glimpse of Christmas love, let’s look at the most well-known verse of the Bible, John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The light of love from that first Christmas appears as a babe in a lowly manger in a stable surrounded by farm animals. God loved us so much that He sent His son to redeem us from the darkness of sin and evil. Never has the world experienced such sacrificial love. And, God demonstrated a love that gives all for another without wanting anything in return.

The light of love from that first Christmas appears as a babe in a lowly manger. Click To Tweet

Next, we see love come to earth in the form of a newborn baby. Jesus surrendered everything for us. He left His heavenly home where He sat at the right hand of His Father to come to a created world to suffer and die for us. Jesus went from divine perfection to experiencing colds, pain, betrayal, and loss. The Bible explains this in Philippians 2:6: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.” Jesus gave us a shining example of providing love about everything else.

Sharing the Lessons

So this Christmas season, let us remember the lessons of faith, hope, and love. Christmas faith takes on a journey we never expected but one that changes our lives dramatically. The hope of Christmas leads us to a manger and a newborn baby that offers us salvation from our sins. And, finally, the love of the season teaches us to give unconditionally and with a full heart. When we include these lessons in each Christmas, we reflect the light of that first star into those around us so they can know Christ is the reason for the season.


We reflect the light of that first star into those around us so they can know Christ is the reason for the season. Click To Tweet

A Christmas Poem by Yvonne

The holiday pies baking
The stockings now hung
The sweet smell of spice
Floats up through our home

The tree stands in the corner
Decked with baubles and bows
Presents wrapped brightly
Await the Christmas morn

Lights twinkle in the darkness
The fire warmly glows
Dreams of a holiday together
Kissing beneath the mistletoe

The manger awaits the baby
The animals bellowing low
The star shines the way brightly
As the world waits below

A royal birth is heralded
By angel choirs on high
Christ, the loving Savior
Was born on Christmas nigh

The joy on Christmas morning
Is not from presents galore
Our joy is the lowly birth
Of the Savior of our soul

I wish you a Merry Christmas
Joy to the family far and near
Christ’s Blessing upon you
And peace in the coming year

Wishing you love during this Christmas Season. Click To Tweet

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


Additional Resources:

The Christmas Story

A Peaceful Christmas

Help at Christmas 

Christmas Lesson of Faith

Christmas Lesson of Hope

 

27 thoughts on “Christmas Lesson of Love

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    A beautiful poem! As we think of the babe born for us, I pray we all remember to show His love to others.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you so much.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Jessica. Merry Christmas

  2. dlallard54gmailcom – Michigan – Deb is a Christian who loves the Lord. Setting aside time for Bible reading and prayer starts her day with His direction. Ask her what she read today. After retiring from Registered nursing, she studied writing with The Institute of Children's Literature. She also holds a B.S. degree in psychology. Her library includes over 50 books on the writing craft and she continues to attend webinars and workshops because there's always something to learn. Going on adventures with hubby and meeting people are her favorite past times. Her three children and their families, including eight grandchildren, provide her unending joy. Deb's favorite books to read? All genres. But she gravitates toward sprinkling her own stories with humor. Eddie Jones is her inspiration along with Mark Twain, Dave Barry, and Erma Bombeck to name a few. Something interesting about Deb? She enjoys reading about and writing about quirky characters. Does that mean Deb is quirky? You be the judge. Visit Deb's website at www.dgardnerallard.com
    Deb Allard

    Thank you. Great to keep these in mind

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

  3. Beautiful post, Yvonne. And what a wonderful poem! For the past few years, I’ve been inserting my name into Scripture, and when we put our name in John 3:16 in place of world, it brings such a powerful meaning to love at Christmas and all year long! Merry Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I need to try that practice of inserting my name into scriptures. Thanks

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Julie.

  4. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    What a great way to wrap up the series, Yvonne, with love and a poem. This is a reminder to me to keep love at the forefront during our family gatherings: to serve with love, to share with love, to listen and enjoy each other’s company with love. Blessings to you and your extended family during this time.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Stephen and Merry Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Merry Christmas to you too. God bless

  5. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    I agree, we are to “reflect the light of that first star into those around us so they can know Christ is the reason for the season.” What a beautiful reminder of why we do what we do at Christmas and always. I love your poem! 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Marcie. Merry Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Emily. Merry Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank Chloe. Merry Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Merry Christmas Stephanie.

  6. Christina | Finally Family Homes – Hi, I'm Christina Dronen, the founder of and blog writer at Finally Family Homes. This blog exists to help you support young adults as they transition to successful independence. This blog helps support our mission to serve former foster youth who never found a family or home.
    Christina Dronen

    “Jesus surrendered everything for us. He left His heavenly home where He sat at the right hand of His Father to come to a created world to suffer and die for us. Jesus went from divine perfection to experiencing colds, pain, betrayal, and loss.”

    OK – I know this is going to sound weird – maybe sounds a little sacrilegious, but those words reminded me of thoughts I had a few days ago… having an infant during Christmas.

    That Jesus, coming in baby form was so incredibly humbled.. not just to become man, but a baby – that soiled himself and being The Word, could only grunt and coo and so much more that is so very humble about being an infant.

    … I know, weird thoughts from the mom of an infant. 😛

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      No, I love your thoughts. We need to realize that He did sacrifice everything to one of His creations change His diaper.

  7. Yvonne, what a great reminder as we approach Christmas day – that as John 3:16 wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We are called to remember God’s gracious, amazing love so that we can in turn spread it out to others. Have a blessed Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Merry Christmas Anne

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