God’s Love is Personal {Advent Devotional}


By Bill McIntyre

As we take a look at John 3:16, let’s come to the next key word:


God’s love is not merely some abstract concept. It is not some Hollywood air kiss followed by a meaningless ‘Love you darling’.

It is not just a philosophy or a theological construct that is academic and bearing no relation to reality.

God’s love was made manifest in this world through the person of Jesus Christ the only Son of the Father.

God sent his treasured son to walk this earth and to die on that cross at Calvary so that we might have eternal life.

We are very good at ‘making do’ and not giving all we can. God could have ‘made do’ and send a couple of lesser angels down to sort things out – but he didn’t.

God kept his promises – the promises that appear throughout the Old Testament – and sent his son as our Saviour.  Jesus Christ came into this world to reveal to us the love of God in human form.

A child was once trying to quote from John 3:16 in the King James Version, was supposed to say, “his only begotten Son.”. But the child misquoted it and said, “his only forgotten Son.” It was one of those slips of the tongue that carried more truth than we would care to admit.

For, by most people in the world today – especially at Christmas time – Jesus Christ is truly forgotten.

I have a little exercise for you to do this Christmas.


When you have all your Christmas Cards then separate them into two piles:

Pile 1 – those that have some form, no matter how slight, of Christian message on them.

        Pile 2 – those that have no Christian message at all.


Which do we think will be the biggest pile? This is what they call a ‘no-brainer’ because I would suggest that at least 80% will be in the ‘no Christian message pile’.

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.

I have another test for you if you dare.

Repeat the above exercise but this time with cards that you send out. Now that will be interesting.

The sad thing about modern day Christmas is that even though God gave us his most valuable gift the birth of Jesus is forgotten, the life of Jesus is forgotten and the sacrifice of Jesus is forgotten.

But perhaps most sadly the love that God has for us in giving us his most treasured gift is also forgotten

It is our job as Christians – as God’s ambassadors – to help the world remember that treasured gift and who gave it to us.

Heavenly Father we thank you for the gift of your son and his death that we might be redeemed, Father, let us never forget that treasure and let us proclaim it from the rooftops to whoever may hear. Amen


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