"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16
"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, 'Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.'" - Revelation 12:10
"O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you." - Psalm 84: 12
I'm not sure there are more fitting verses for the first day of the last week of Advent, which is all about Love. The love of God shown to us in the gift of His Son is ...well, adjective-defying, honestly. You can use words like wonderful, great, amazing, humbling, beautiful, priceless, gracious, kind... but all of them fall short and only get at part of what it really is. It's Love. With a capital L.
Love that loves us too much to leave us where we are. Love that intersects with our lives, exactly when and where and how we are. Love that transforms. Encourages. Changes. Renews. Saves.
This week, the last week of Advent - one more week of waiting for our King - what if we were on the lookout for the ways in which Love can and would and does intersect with our lives? Could it change our perspective on the things that happen to us, or on the opportunities that arise before us?
"The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever." - Revelation 11:15
It's one of those beautiful and mysterious "now & not yet" things - already true (because Jesus came) and still coming true (because He's coming back). And here in the middle of it, as we're waiting, it's coming true every single day.
The way Love intersects with your life may not seem dramatic - but whenever Love interacts with us, there's going to be amazing consequences.
So look for Him this week, this come and coming King. And know that you are loved. Hallelujah!