December 25th

Story

God has sent Jesus to rescue us because God loves us so very much!

Activity

Read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke 1:26–2:21. Remember the greatest gift of all—the hope we have in our Savior, Jesus!

Adult

Agape love is not primarily a feeling that happens to people. Love is an action. It is a choice people make to seek the well-being of others. The apostle Paul, in one of his letters, says love is more important then having spiritual knowledge or special abilities and that nothing really matters without it. He goes on to describe exactly how love thinks and behaves.

Read

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Reflect

  • Write out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 on a piece of paper. As you write the passage in your own handwriting, what words or phrases especially stand out to you?
  • Which aspects of love do you need to grow in most? Tell God and ask for his help.
  • Using Paul’s definition of love, consider how Jesus has loved you. For example, how has Jesus been patient, kind, humble, and selfless to you?
  • Who needs a reminder that God loves them today? How does Jesus want to share his love through you this week? Take some time to pray about it. Jot down any ideas that come to mind while you pray and make a plan to actively share his love this week.


    One Last Reading – Read Aloud the Birth of Jesus:

Luke 2:1-20

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.