{GMG Advent Study} Week 2: LOVE

Week 2 of the GMG Advent Study focuses on love.  Loving others seems so easy.  Why, then, is it so difficult to prioritize? Spreading love could change someone’s day, week, month, year…life! I am guilty of focusing on my little life so hard that I overlook someone needing even just a smile. This time of year is the easiest to be open about loving God and loving others.  Take advantage and do something nice for someone. The trend this year seems to be “RAOK” or Random Acts of Kindness.  You can find ideas everywhere…Google, Pinterest, etc… Our local Christmas radio station has an entire page full of ROAK’s that you click and pledge in when you have accomplished them. I challenge myself and my readers to make time to share God’s love. The most important commandment God wants us to follow is loving not only Him, but those around us.  The Christmas season is one of the only times people are more accepting of religious conversation.  If you don’t have monetary gifts to give to show kindness, share God’s love in other ways! Not only can we open the door for someone, write a kind letter, or give compliments…we can share the greatest gift of all, salvation. Some people don’t even know the true meaning of Christmas.  Share the love God has for us with others! Let them know that in their darkest of hours, our God will illuminate their path! God loved us so much that he gave his only Son to die for us on a cross.  Christmas doesn’t just stop at the tiny baby sleeping in a manger, it is about how God chose to save us from our sins.  He did that by sacrificing His own for us.  Really think about that this holiday season and give the ultimate gift back to Christ…your heart. 
 
If you feel like sharing, please comment your advent study thoughts for this week below! I would love to hear!

God Bless & Share Some Love,

  
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  1. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012 / 4:09 am

    Thank you so much for writing this. I needed to read this.

  2. Julie
    December 6, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this Jessica. I’m going to write a book here so bear with me.
    We were just talking about this topic in our cell group last night. We are doing an amazing study called “Fan or Follower?” It begs the question, Do you just say that you believe in Jesus, attend church, sing in the choir, etc. OR do you choose to lay down your life and pick up your cross daily? Pick up your cross meaning, are you willing to sacrifice for the good of the Kingdom? Do you put your wants and desires aside in order to help others? Are you will to give up some of your comforts so that others can see the love of Jesus? It is easy to be a fan of Jesus but it is much more difficult be a true follower.
    Just last night I had the opportunity to be a follower and I will admit that at first I didn’t want to take it. I was asked if I could pick up a young homeless woman from a sketchy neighborhood and bring her to bible study with me. My mind immediately thought of a million excuses. “I don’t have time” “What if she is dangerous” “I can’t pick up a complete stranger with my child in the car” …….and so on. Then the Holy Spirit went to work on me and I was reminded that I would be asked to step out of my comfort zone at times to accomplish the mission of sharing the Word. You are so right, loving others(especially strangers) can be difficult. I’m embarrassed that I had to be convinced but I guess I’m a work in progress.

  3. December 6, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    I love this Jessica! so encouraging and spot on! I love the ROAK. This week God has really placed it on my heart to reach out. Last night before service I had bumped into a man who him and his wife used to sit by us all the time. I hadn’t seen them in a couple of months, since his wife got cancer. Last night he was sitting in front of me and I didn’t see his wife. I thought she was at home sick and I asked him how she was doing and he said that she had 24 hours to live. My heart just broke for him, but the only thing I could think of at the time was to pray for them. He gave me a great big hug and I continued praying for him during service. It’s hard to see others go through trials, but we can love them by listening, being there and praying for them. I love this study!!

    Blessings,
    Adrienne

    P.S. Please pray for the couple, Mike and Marian, as he is loosing his wife to cancer.

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