Love

As we enter into the final week of Advent, I want to remind you that we will be having a Christmas Eve service this Sunday evening, December 24 at 5:00 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Our Advent theme for this week is Love. One our iLove Elders, John Horn, is our guest writer. I hope that you enjoy his Words for Wednesday!
ADVENT WEEK 4 - LOVE
In Search of Love
It's the time of year when we are so busy trying to get ready for Christmas and planning for all the different activities that come along with the season, all the different get togethers that we may be expected to go too and be pleasant and happy that we are there. When inside all we want to do is to be left alone or thinking about how much better off we would be at home. We are far from being happy a lot of times, let alone in love with all the things that are taking up our time.  
We neglect those around us and even turn to watching Christmas movies in search of something to help us feel better about ourselves, only to realize it is a temporary fix to the problem. We may look at our parents or other relationships and wonder why we don’t have that perfect relationship that we see in others, and everything seems so perfect. Not realizing that they have had many struggles and gave up so much to make the relationships work. 
True relationships are hard work, with a lot of sacrifices from each person involved.  We tend to see only the good times, there are many times that only those involved see and know what takes place in the relationships. The times when one of them gets sick and needs constant care, even to the point of having to feed them and meet all basic needs, the spouse steps up and doesn’t even complain about doing it, children can be called to do the same thing. This is the kind of love that Jesus shows us in His word. 
In John 15:12-14 Jesus is a talking to the disciples and He tells them, 12” This is my commandant, that you love one another as I have loved you.  13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.” 
Are you willing to give up your desires, wishes, dreams or hopes for someone else?  Jesus took the time to wash the disciples’ feet the night He was betrayed, then He freely gave up His life for each of us as He had commanded us to do for each other. He set the example for us, just as parents do for their children, or a spouse does, or others do. They set aside their dreams or desires in love for someone else.  Take the time to stop and look at your life and see where your focus really is, is it on yourself or on what God’s word says.  
Our true source of genuine LOVE comes from God.  Seek Him and you will find true love that lasts a lifetime. 
These are the Words for Wednesday, 
Cordially,
John Horn

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