We get ready to celebrate His birth, evidence of His great love for us.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
“God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…has chosen us in him that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…as a plan for the fullness of time to unite all things in him…” (Eph 1:3, 4-7, 10).
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (Corinthians 13:4-8a)