Waiting for Love to Live

Listen to this song: Love Came Down by Kari Jobe and then read Psalm 139.

I have become a late-finding fan of the Great British Bake-off. In particular, I like this one section of the show called the technical challenge. These amateur bakers are allowed to practice most things on the show before executing them on camera, but not the technical. This is a blind challenge. They are given a recipe and ingredients, but most don't know what they are trying to accomplish. Interestingly enough, most contestants land somewhere similar to one another in presentation, but not in quality.

For many of us, love is a technical challenge. In the United States, our culture has taught us to find good looks, good living, good status, good money and good sex. Mix all of those together, and with a little "luck" love comes out. Our experience of love is a shadow at best of what our soul craves.

When you think of love and Christmas, you may hear the blissful sounds of Mariah Carey singing the poppy love song, "All I Want for Christmas is You" or maybe you hear the desperate lover reflecting on "Last Christmas" when his heart was broken at Christmas. Each of these songs speak of a love that is fleeting and fake. True love is a very different tune.

You were made by love for love. Psalm 139 echoes this. Christmas completes this.

Jesus came to fulfill God's love over all of creation. Romans 5:8 reads, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." The love we most long to see and experience in the world is on full display through Jesus. Perfect love doesn't happen with a little luck. Perfect love was intentionally demonstrated to us so that we could know what love is. Love doesn't wait on your wishful thinking. True love took every step to meet you where you are today. That is true Christmas love!

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