Honoring the Spirit of Advent
Honoring the Spirit of Advent
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
- John 3:16
As we enter into the season of Advent, I am again reminded that this is a time for love, joy, and hope, along with the celebration that comes through the double focus on God’s gift to us:  (A) the birth of Jesus; (B) the promise of eternal life.
In addition, the Advent season is a time for special expression of our gratitude for ‘all” of God’s gifts to us.  During the Christmas season it is important for us not to lose our focus on our greatest gift from God and also, to not permit our attitudes and our behavior to drift from whom we are meant to honor!  Romans 8:35 asks “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”  And I would add, what  about my attitude and my behavior?  What am I doing to honor these gifts bestowed from God during this special season of Advent?  This is a great time to display our attitude and our gratitude for God’s magnificent gifts which is indicative of our commitment to Him.
Romans 8:28 says “For we know that all things work together for good to all those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”  To me this purpose includes love for our fellow man and rendering service (our behavior) in commitment to promoting and enhancing our discipleship.  What better time to follow God’s stated purpose for us than during this Advent period?
Lord, help us honor the spirit of Advent by our continued commitment to you.  Amen
- Alan White


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:35 PM
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