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FOCUS DAY 2:

Created to Love & Be Loved

 

HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 2: “Choosing Your Story of Love"

KEY:F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.]

 

F “Christmas is about love! This Christmas let’s remind everyone that we lovingly made them, as our faithful servant Moses wrote, ‘… in our image’. To know us better is to know themselves better, and others better, too.”

S “That is why we give each person the power to make choices. In fact, their legacy, or their life’s story, is made each day by the individual choices they make.”

JThat’s love with trust! Love is always a choice; no one can be made to love anyone, or to make good choices. Christmas is definitely a time to choose to love and celebrate our love. Let’s trust them to do just that.”

S “Giving each person choices is a big risk.  Everyone is free to reject love, and even choose evil. Remember at your birth, Jesus, much of the world had chosen to serve Baal.”

JThat is why Christmas is so important. I went to earth to show people, as the apostle John wrote, ‘…the way and the truth…’ on how to love us, others, and themselves.”

FUnfortunately, not everyone chooses love. Many had rejected the TRUTHS of our prophets. That’s why we gave them Christmas. As Father, many had rejected my love-images of design, belonging, and vocation.”

S “Even the priests made bad choices. They loved their rituals, but did not know us in their hearts. As your Spirit, Father, many have rejected my love images for healthy relationships, competence, and fulfillment in life.”

JThat’s why I volunteered to become human and walk with them. As your Son, many rejected my love-images to meet their needs, find worth, and be motivated by love.”

S “True. You experienced all the pain of being human and yet you were true to all of our love-images while a man.”

J “My calling was to personally demonstrate how to love unconditionally and completely by accepting our three Christmas gifts of forgiveness, freedom, and fulfillment.”

S You did well. I constantly encourage believers to think of others more highly than themselves. They know that the greatest gifts of Christmas are ‘wrapped in love’. Mary understood this. She put her plans aside and trusted us to meet all of her needs – her reputation, her need for lodging for your birth, and so much more. She chose to know us in her heart, and we were able to reward her love by meeting all of her needs.”

J “The Wise Men understood this too. They chose to put their plans aside when we sent angels to inform them about Herod. They decided to change their path home.”

S “I love Christmas! Many believers will spend special time with us in their Advent Bible readings and prayers.”

FThe more time anyone spends with us, especially in our Word, the more they will discover and benefit from our love-images in their lives. I love Christmas, too!”

J “Me too! It’s my birthday!

  

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; John 1:1-5; 3:19; 8:58; 14:6; Luke 2:6-7,19; Matthew 2:12; 1 John 4:16

“And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image…’”; “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Genesis 1:26; 1 John 4:16

 

MY CHOICE DAY 2:

I Will Acknowledge God’s Love-Images in Me

 

DAY 2 ACTIVITY:

OPTIONAL: Discover God’s Nine (9) Love-Images in My Life

9 Truths ICONBrowse 9lovelinks.com. Take some time today and throughout Advent to discover God’s Love-Images in your life. Look at the purple icon contents. Each one will be visited later.

 

 

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