By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16 NKJV
Last night I fell asleep early. I dreamed I was playing with my oldest grandson. We began to tease each other and banter back and forth with each other. I lovingly called him a monkey duck. I repeated the words monkey duck again and again in my sleep.
I woke up with those words rolling off my lips. I laughed uncontrollably. I laughed so hard tears rolled down my cheeks. I laughed harder and longer than any other time in my life. I’m not sure why I laughed so hard. I had no explanation for my wife.
The realization of how much I love my family overwhelmed me. At that moment my heart was filled with peace and love!
I had fallen asleep in front of the tv. I watched a commercial. I was struck by the commercialism. I realized the world system is spiraling farther and farther from the perfection of God’s creation. But God filled my heart with peace and love as I slept!
Within days of my salvation I met with a group of men. We prayed for each other. I began to giggle. The giggle became roaring laughter. I laughed harder and longer than ever before. I didn’t understand why. I couldn’t explain it to the men surrounding me.
Jesus filled my heart with peace and love. The joy that filled my heart overflowed like a magnificent waterfall. It was not because I laughed so hard. It was because I met Jesus!
The first few months of my new life were filled with awe and wonder. I was drawn into a completely unexpectedly intimate relationship with Jesus. I discovered that the God of the bible is a personal God who loved me completely and unconditionally!
I was never told that I would experience the love of God in such powerful ways! I did not know the Lord would communicate with me through His Word, other people, the circumstances of life and ways so deeply personal I have difficulty verbalizing them!
I also began to see the world and other people in ways I never had before. As I type out this message I keenly aware of how much God’s love has changed my life!
This is the day we celebrate the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior! We can know and experience true love because Jesus laid down His life for us!
Jesus came to save the people we know and love. He came to save the people who pass us on the street as we rush off to work and home again. The world system is spiraling farther and farther from the perfection of God’s creation. But our love for other people can impact their lives!
Today is the day we celebrate the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior. Celebrate with the people you love. Share the love of God with the people you pass through life with. Rejoice and be glad. Jesus changed everything!
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