Have you unwrapped the gift yet? It’s been sitting under the tree for you for some time. But it’s not really yours until you open it. Have you unwrapped the gift of the Son of God, Jesus Christ and received Him as your Lord and Savior? It’s not enough to guess at the contents, to shake the box and even hold it in your lap. It’s not really yours until you open it.
The emotional need we have to be loved by another was put inside us by God. Unfortunately, our desire to be loved is never fully met because people let us down. However, if we will receive God’s love for us and reciprocate that love in return, we will experience a satisfaction like we’ve never known. There are amazing parallels between how God loves us and how we love one another. Understanding how God loves us will help us better love him back in return, expressing our love fully using every means possible.
People today are looking for community. They want something real, something that will meet their needs of companionship and identity. Whether they recognize it or not, God has made all of us with a deep desire for a relationship with Him and with one another. We long for authentic community. We can experience this authentic community when we pursue the four devotions of the early church found in Acts 2:42.
Do you remember the Three Rs of Learning from elementary school - Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic? The three Rs of Parenting are Receive, Raise, Release. We all feel unqualified at times to raise our children, but God's Word has a lot to say about children and parenting and it is a source of help for us.