A woman recently decided that life was not worth living anymore. She walked onto a highway overpass, determined to jump into the rush hour traffic. As she stood on the edge, traffic just drove past her; people walked by without a word. Love was nowhere to be found. But then a bus driver saw her. Filled with God's love, he pulled over, wrapped his loving arms around her, and pulled her to safety.

This is a picture of true love for one another. True love, unlike the love we often produce, has no strings attached. True love is forever faithful and is never ending. This is the sacrificial love that God has for us: God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners(Romans 5:8, NKJV).

Only his love enables us to truly love one another, for we cannot produce such charity on our own: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11 NLT). How can you demonstrate God’s sacrificial love to others during this Christmas season?

Heavenly Father, please open the floodgates of heaven and let your love flow through us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so we may love one another with grace and compassion, just as you have loved us. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Take time to meditate on the love described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. Ask God to show you how you can better manifest this love to those around you as you go from task to task today. Confess any lack of love his Spirit might reveal, receiving his perfect forgiveness and peace.

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