And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
Whether you realize it or not, all of us are lovers. You were born to love. Everything you do, have done, and will do in your life is motivated by love.
Our first and great love was meant to be for our Creator. Jesus says that the great and first commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:36-38).
Adhering to the first and great commandment manifests a love for God that brings about obedience to the rest of his commands. When we love God, we find joy in staying within his limitations.
But something hideous happened. After the “Fall of Man” a controlling and deceiving love replaced the love we were meant to have exclusively for God. That special love for God became diminished by the love of self.
When we choose to love ourselves, it becomes very easy for us to transgress God’s boundaries, because our hearts are no longer being motivated by a love solely meant for him. And when we violate his instructions, designed to give us life, evil thrives in a way as revealed in Genesis 6:5.
It should be obvious to everyone that mankind needed to be rescued. Someone needed to do for us what we could not do for ourselves; that being, defeat the love of self and restore the love of God in our hearts.
Enter Jesus Christ!
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
So at this time of the year, go beyond the food and gift giving. Make a resolute effort to pray and celebrate the baby who came to bring betraying lovers, like me and you, back to our original love. Love God and you will have the peace and joy that goes beyond words merely articulated during the season or written on ornaments and windows.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)