We want to thank everyone who came out and joined us for our Wrapper’s Delight: Toy Drive/ Wrapping party. With great discussions and heartfelt singing we couldn’t ask for a better way to end 2016. We hope that it was as great of an experience for you as it was for us. Before we started wrapping we discussed the themes of grace, love and forgiveness. It sparked conversations that allowed us to look deeper into what Christmas is all about.
In the Greek translation of the Bible the word "love" has 4 different contexts. The 4 loves are Philia (Friendship), Storge (Family), Eros (Romantic), and Agape (Unconditional). We all have experienced one or more of these types of love in our lives through relationships. Yet, in the Bible, when we see reference to God’s love it always means Agape. God’s love and forgiveness is not a contract but a promise he has for us; one that we break, but He always keeps. We are encouraged that the love we show to our family, friends, significant others, or strangers to be rooted in agape love. That we will love others unconditionally because God loved us first. We celebrate Christmas as a reminder of God’s agape love for us through the birth of His Son Jesus.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Sometimes we have been taught that we have to work for salvation or God’s love. That if we make a mistake He takes away his love and we will no longer be in his favor. In reality there is nothing that we can do to impress God or payback the love he already has for us. The one thing that impresses God is His Son Jesus Christ. When we accept Him we are also accepting the Father as the leader of our lives. God’s grace is a gift for everyone but it is up to us to receive it and unwrap it. This is the greatest part about Christmas, God gave us a gift when we didn’t even deserve or earn it. He gave it to us simply because he loves us.
Nicholas Bowden (@nickworldtour) is Co-Founder and leader of The LIFT Project. He Graduated from Seton Hall University and is a teacher in Central New Jersey. He enjoys playing competitive sports, traveling, trying new food, and catching up on comic books in his free time.