The Greatest Love Ever

Monday, December 1, 2014
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Isaiah 9:1a,2 – Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (NIV 2011)

With race riots, government oppression, radicalized terrorists, horrific new diseases, and financial meltdowns, today's world is in as much darkness as it was 2000 years ago, and as it was before that, when people were hoping for a Saviour. The world is still opposed to God, the Maker of heaven and earth and all that is in it. God, the very giver of life and all its benefits, is totally ignored and disobeyed by human beings at large.

God overlooked all that with the greatest love ever — the greatest love we could ever receive in our upside-down condition. Jesus Christ is the gift of light in a world of darkness.

Where the truth enters, there is new birth! And "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23b NIV)

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but it may not be until His second coming that He will choose to usher in a new age of peace and righteousness.

In the meantime, let's do what we can to work for peace where we are. Let's listen carefully to the angels singing: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14 NKJV)

That is the way to get right-side-up with God! It is also the way to get Christmas right! Let's have an honest desire to receive the greatest love ever! His name is God, Immanuel, Jesus, Saviour, and Redeemer of the whole world!

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, enter our homes — You know where we are. May our dwelling places become Yours with Your true, authentic, unshakable, saving love and peace! Fill our hearts with Your greatest gift to mankind — the greatest love ever — to bless us in Jesus name! Amen!

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen sister.

    Thanks Kirsti for the wonderful seasonal reminder.

    Thanks Kirsti. Inspiring devotional.
    Bless you!

    Good thought for this time of year Kirsti.
    If only everyone would heed that message.
    Thanks and God Bless you.

    To Kirsti,
    You have written a very thoughtful and insightful devotional.
    Thank you for sharing it with so many of us who subscribe to the PresbyCan Daily Devotional.
    Merry Christmas and God bless you and make you a blessing.

    Dear Kirsti,
    What an encouragement to know that peace will usher in when Christ returns and sets up his kingdom. The turmoil of today is a recycling of evil against the good that began from the beginning of time. Thanks for writing this insightful devotional.

    Amen dear sister!
    I appreciate your devotionals. Don’t stop!
    I’m in my mid forties and have two wonderful children that I’m trying to be a Godly example to. PresbyCan continues to be an encouragement to me in a world that is “upside down” without our Loving Lord!
    Loved Romans 6:23b. So true!!
    May we continue to pray for the lost within our immediate families and others outside of that.
    Praise be to God who is our Maker and gracious Father.
    Amen and amen!

    Once again Kirsti, you name within this morning’s Devotion the variety of sicknesses plaguing the Earth today. If one read no farther than that, one might be tempted to feel, “There is no hope for there is no love and also no faith in Him who will at some time make all things right.”
    I also share with you G.k. Chesterton, “Once I found a dear friend. Dear me I said, he was made for me. The same occurred over and over again. Is it possible we were all made for each other all around the world?”
    Then I recalled that a friend is someone you have not yet met and I conclude with my thought that so many have not met our Lord Jesus. What a shame.
    Thanks once again Kirsti.

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