ADVENTure Day 8

Christmas love

On the second Sunday of Advent, many churches will be focusing on love.

Last week, we focused our ADVENTure series on hope, and this week we’ll move more towards love.

Love is an interesting thing.  There are different kinds of love.

There’s brotherly love – where we get the word Philadelphia.  This is a love for your fellow-man – not in a homosexual way, but in a friendly way.  I would equate this kind of love to the love that David had with Jonathan (King Saul’s son).

There’s erotic love which carries a more physical and sexual based focus.

There’s storge love.  This is the love between family members.  I love my kids.  I love my brothers.  I love my parents.

There’s agape love.  This is an unconditional, sacrificial love.  This is the love that Christ showed us when He died on the cross for our sins.  This is the best love – the love we are called to pursue.

As we head into this second week of ADVENTure, it’s important to remember Christmas is all about this agape love God has for you and me.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:13

ADVENTure Activity:  Talk with someone about love.  Make a list of the things and people you love.  What kind of love do you have for this thing/person?

ADVENTure Question:  What do you love about Christmas?

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