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Love Overflow

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Reading: 1st Thessalonians 3: 9-13

Verse 12: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and everyone else”.

As Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica in our passage today, he is writing to the community of faith. Throughout the Bible, God is about community. In the beginning, God lived in community with Adam and Eve. As the Bible progresses, God’s love story reveals that community is the way we are to live out our faith. Much of our faith continues to be practiced in community. Our sacraments focus on being a part of the community of faith.

Our culture today has a mix of community and individualism. Most of the things we do are done in community – family, school, sports, work. But within these is a sense or valuing of individual success or achievement. We hear things like, “they wouldn’t be the company they are without…” or “they would not be the greatest team ever without…”. In our culture we raise individual success over the group’s or team’s success.

In a way the same can be said of people in the Bible. For example, we could say that without Moses the Israelites would either still be wandering around the desert or they would have returned to Egypt. In the Bible, no individual is more important than Jesus Christ. No one was a better example of obedience to God. No one loved God and neighbor like Jesus did. Yet these individuals were different than the individuals that rise to the pinnacle of their fields today. Moses and other important Biblical leaders, and especially Jesus, were not about self and individual glory. They were about living in relationship with God and with their communities. They were not just leaders, they were humble servant leaders.

Above all, Jesus’ life revolved around love. It is the focus of our key verse today: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and everyone else”. During the season of Advent, may we spend time each day in the Word and will the Lord our God, growing in love. And may that love overflow to each other and to the stranger that we meet as well. May it be so for you and for me.

Prayer: Dear God, may love be evident in our community of faith – in the ways we worship you and in the ways we love each other. May that love flow out into our homes, into our neighborhoods, into our schools and work places, so that all will know the love of Christ this Advent season. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Love Overflow

  1. I wish everyone in the world could read this so maybe people could live together in moe harmony. Thank you for the good message.

  2. Tis the SEASON OF , STOP AND PEOPLE BUYING GIFTS FOR OTHERS, OR BAKING FOR OTHHERS TO SHOW YOU CARE,

    BUT THE GIFT PEOPLE REAL NEED YOU CANT BUY. FRIST OFF, GOD FREELY GAVE US HIS SON TO SAVE US , THATS A GREAT GIFT.
    I HAVENT FORGOTTEN THAT.

    BUT THE GIFT I WANT TO GIVE MY DAUGHTER I CANT BUY, I CANT GO INTO ANY STORE IN THIS WORLD AND ASK FOR IT, AS I LOOK AT MY DAUGHTER AS SHE SITS IN A CHAIR AND SEE THE TEARS
    IN HER EYES AS SHE TRYS TO HID THEM BY HAVING A BOOK INMFRONT OF HER FACE.
    I LOVE MY DAUGHTER SO MUCH, AND I CANT GIVE HER , GOOD HEALTH.
    I KNOW SHE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH CANCER.
    SHE HAS MORE PROBLEMS WITH HER WALKING, AND ON HER FORHEAD IT LOOKS AS A GOOSE
    EGG GROWING INSIDE HER FORHEAD PUSHING OUTWARD.

    I DONT DARE TO ASK HER ABOUT IT AS I PRAY ITS MY OLD EYES. I KNOW ITS NOT MY EYES, BUT I WANT IT TO BE.. IT BE GREAT TO WALK IT A STORE AND SAY BOX UP , GOOD HEALTH, THATS THE GIFT MY DAUGHTER REAL NEEDS,
    GOD GAVE US THE GIFT OF LIFE, AND IN POOR HEALTH, WE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH OUR HEADS HELD UP, A SMILE ON OUR FACE, AND THE LOVE OUR CHRIST IN OUR HEARTS.,

    GOD PUTS GOOD PEOPLE , IN OUR LIFE PATHS , THATS A REAL GREAT GIFT , ITS THOSE GOOD PEOPLE , WHO ADDS SMILES WHEN ONE IS IN PAIN, JUST THINK OF THEM BRINGS THE GIFT OF
    JOY IN YOUR HEART.. LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE OF THE CARDS WE BEEN GIVEN. EVEN IN POOR HEATH,
    I KNOW, IN MY HEART, HAVING EACH OTHER IS THE GREATEST GIFT GOD HAS GIVEN ME. I THANK FOR MY DAUGHTER, I LOVE HER MORE, I SHE A GIFT GOD HAS GIVEN ME. , CANCER IS A MOUTAIN WE CLIMB WITH GODS HELP , AND FRIENDS. IM THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY. LOVE YOU JESUS.

  3. LOVE DOES OVER FLOWS OUR HEARTS.

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