Everthing - Love = Nothing (9am)
We are halfway through November. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Christmas is approaching fast. This morning we are in week three of our four week focus on Stewardship (how we take care of what God has given us). How do thankfulness, stewardship and Christmas fit together? Honestly, for Christians, they should not, cannot, be separated.
With the birth of Jesus God confirmed His love for us. His love for us leads to gratitude. Gratitude grows into generosity.
Love, Thanksgiving, Stewardship, all three, fit together and flow from One source. 1 John 4:19, "We love because HE FIRST loved us." His love leads, everything else follows.
Our Bible passage this morning is 1 Corinthians chapter 13. This is, in my estimation (many others too) the greatest chapter on love ever written. How we steward what God has given us (which is everything) is a direct result of how thankful we are, and how aware we are, of God's love. Together at Grace may we grow in our love for God and our love of others every season of the year, every season our life.