"In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action."
- R. C. Sproul
As we wait during these last few days of Advent, I have been mulling over this quote. There is something so mysterious about love being both a noun and a verb. I see Advent as the time we begin transitioning our minds, as God did in the world, moving love into the position of a verb...an action. I think that's what this quote from Sproul is all about. The birth of Jesus was the ultimate ACTION OF LOVE. The noun, "love," became a verb, "Jesus." And the love of God would never be viewed the same way again. So as we wait for the birth of LOVE, the birth of Christ, let's think about embracing love "the verb." God ultimately showed us the depth and breadth of His love in Jesus, from the moment He was born, through His death and resurrection, and on throughout the rest of history. And when we share and show that love to others, we are honoring His birth each and every day. That is the Spirit of Christmas that I want to carry through the year.
Take Action - Take a Walk with God
Today, go for a walk and have a conversation with God about how to LIVE love. Take a look at the ways you have loved and been shown love over the last year, and ask God to show how to prepare your heart for the coming of "Love, the Verb."