Six Inward Preparations for Christmas

Posted: 16 Dec 2019 09:24 AM PST

Hi lovely people and welcome back to my blog! It is that time of the year again: Christmas!

It is a time to make merry with friends and family but most importantly, a time to think about more sublime things such as Jesus being an embodiment of love. 1 Corinthians 13:1 aptly states: “If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

What is love? What is life without love? Most people use this four letter word every day without thinking about what love really is. Is love just a happy feeling between a man and a woman? Is love about buying and receiving gifts? When a person says, “I love you,” what is this person really saying to you?

For me, love embodies many great virtues. But today, I just want to share six most important virtues of love, which I call the cornerstones of love. These reflective virtues will help us prepare for Christmas and resolve to make 2020 a turning point in our relationships with one another.

1. RESPECT: You cannot claim to love someone you do not respect. Just like peas in a pod, love and respect go hand-in-hand. This also includes respecting their opinions even when they differ from yours. Respect is the key to happy relationships because it acknowledges and values the other.

Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.” … Miguel Angel Ruiz
2. CONSIDERATION: This entails taking into account the feelings of others: a quality necessary for peaceful coexistence. The golden rule becomes a guideline for our actions and words: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

3. KINDNESS: This quality is often underestimated and yet it is an expression of genuine love. The words we speak to one another must be kind and gracious. Our charitable deeds must be done from a heart of love and not from a quest to be seen and applauded. Help those in need who are not able to pay you back. Do good because it strikes you inwardly to do so. Let not your good deeds become what hold the recipient in bondage to you.

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” … Barbara De Angelis
4. FORGIVENESS: Hold no grudges that your Father in Heaven may forgive you when you err. No one is perfect. Sometimes we do things that may rub others off wrongly. Therefore, when people offend us, let us find it in our hearts to forgive and let go.

5. PRAYERFULNESS: What better way to reach out to others than through prayers! Pray for those you care about. Pray for those who spitefully use you that their eyes of understanding be open to see the consequences of their actions and resolve to make better choices. If things work out well for others, people will not envy or hurt one another.

6. GRATITUDE: A thankful heart is a grateful heart. A grateful heart is a humble heart. A humble heart pleases the Lord. When you are grateful, the giver gives more. Be grateful for the life you have. Where you are today is someone else’s prayer point. Rather than lament over the things you do not have, be thankful for the ones you do have and more shall be added to you.

Love, as we can see, is more than just a happy feeling. Let us use this Christmas period to reflect on these cornerstones of love with the view of improving the ones we lack so that we can love and love wholeheartedly!