Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Hosea 6:1-6
The passages for today point us toward what’s coming in the form of a baby. The psalmist declares that God is about to pronounce His people well. With a wink and a smile, He lifts the cloud of guilt and puts the peoples’ sins out of sight. The prophet Hosea, who loved a prostitute, is a parable of God’s love for us. God loves us at our worst and keeps after us until we know real love – a love that lasts and that is more than mere doctrine. Paul writes to the people assembled in the church of Thessalonica. He says that based on reports, it is evident that the Word of God has become more than just mere words and has permeated their lifestyle. Paul tells them that the word has gotten out about their lifestyle and that believers in surrounding provinces are looking up to them. Although trouble has accompanied this lifestyle, the Holy Spirit has allowed them to take the trouble with the joy and has put a steel in their conviction. Paul declares that they are the message! So, what’s coming in the form of a baby? Sin has been put out of sight and out of mind. The meaning of real love has been defined. A way of living has been revealed, one that puts a steel in conviction and that allows for joy in the midst of trouble. This way of living makes us the message!
LET US PRAY
Lord, remind me that You have removed the burden of guilt for my sin that sometimes I continue to carry. Help me love others no matter what. Show me a peace that takes the trouble with the joy in living. Put a steel in my conviction. Form me into the message. Amen.
Jean Love is the Associate Professor of HPSS and Head Coach of the CN Men's and Women's Tennis. She was born into this church family and was baptized by this church. Although she has not always lived in Jefferson City, she has remained a part of this church family. During this season of Advent, I am most looking forward to rekindling the expectancy of Jesus’ birth through the music and ministry of this church.