What do you love about the holidays? What is hard to love about the holidays?
Often, the answer to the second question is people.
The family squabbles, and spending time in the company of someone that makes you uncomfortable.
Incompetent salespeople, inconsiderate fellow shoppers, traffic jams and road rage.
What’s there to love?
Yet if there is one word that defines this season above all others it is love. Christmas is about love, because “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…”
As Christians, we are commanded to “Love others in the same way you love yourself.”” (Mark 12:31 (Voice))
But you know what?
We are way too human to always love the ones:
Who hate us.
Who pick, point out our flaws, and push all of our buttons.
Who are driven by drama, and thrive on unhappiness.
Who wrong our children, spouse, or other loved ones.
Yes, by our own strength it might be impossible, but “with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
I want to love by faith, even when my feelings fail me, not just during Christmas, but the rest of the year too.
“Love by faith. Love our enemies by faith. Love our neighbors by faith. Love fellow believers by faith. Love our family members by faith. Love our spouses by faith. Love our in-laws by faith. Love a rebellious teenager by faith. Love our betrayer by faith. Love an ill and bitter parent by faith. Love by faith, not just by feeling.” ― Beth Moore, “Believing God”
I hope your holiday season is filled with love.