Word Wednesday Nugget

The Reason for the Season

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Back in the day, there was a song by Rolls Royce titled “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” As I look around the world, across our nation, around the corner, and down the street—more than I want to—I see the tattered remnants of kindness and love. The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). It also tells us that, “The heart of man is shrewd, and unsearchable; who shall know it,” (Jeremiah 17:9). Considering this, why am I so vexed? 

As we move into this season of Advent, some people get revved up for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Some may tout that Jesus is the reason for the season. Is December the only time for peace, goodwill, and Jesus? Hmmm. He is more than that. Instead, consider saying Jesus is the reason for our being; 24, 7, 365, point blank, simple. Just saying.

In the fullness of time, Jesus came to dwell with us for many reasons. John 10:10 says that God sent his only begotten son so we could have life more abundantly. Colossians 1:15 says God sent his son Jesus as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Mark 10:45 reminds us that the Son of Man came “to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Finally, John 1:14 tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 

Unfortunately, there is a lot of hate in the world. Loving our enemies may be difficult. But we were told to do it. Jesus left us with a new commandment, “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other,” (John 13:34). People often meet hate with hate. It’s been said that if your only tool is a hammer, you’ll see every problem as a nail. The word of God provides us with an array of tools to address hate.

First, there is the fruit of the spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” (Galatians 5:22-23). Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be kind and tenderhearted to one another. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: But a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Then there are kind words. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 16:24 reminds us that, “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

There is also forgiveness. Colossians 3:12-13 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Instead of saying “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” let’s say as Paul did, “your love abounds” (Philippians 1:9). Above all things, we need love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 speaks of three things: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. 1 Peter 4:8 says love covers a multitude of sins. God loved us first. Had he not, we all would have a different story to tell.

Pastor Tedd told me once that you must see things through the eyes of God and don’t get weary of doing good. With God it is easy. Matthew 11:29-30 says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

A song says God is… “My protection, my light in darkness, my joy in the time of sorrow, my today and my tomorrow, and the joy and the strength of my life. God is my all and all.”  That protection, joy, peace, strength, and abundance are not just for the December season. It can be ours today, tomorrow, forever, 24, 7, 365, point blank, simple. Just saying.

May we act in love today and every day. Let December be the beginning. Let us proclaim that not only is Jesus the reason for the season, but he is also the reason for our being.

Dr. Rebekah McCloud

30 years of service in education. Authored more than 50 publications , made more than 150 presentations, designed workshops, and facilitated training  On the C-SPAN Networks:
Rebekah McCloud is a Director for Minority Programs in the University of Central Florida with one video in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1999 Forum.

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