Lovely Love Divine Vector Art
For me one of the most compelling aspects of Christmas and the story of Jesus’ birth is the concept of “Love”. This isn’t just about love in the sense most of us feel love, as a sensual reaction which is not love at all, but love as a rational reasonable choice. You see, the Christmas story is about a God that is bringing mankind back to its original purpose and perfection. So God said, look I know you’re imperfect… I know you cannot follow a set of commandments which breeds “religion behavior”. So God, revealed to us at Christmas a path, The Way if you will, by bringing His perfect divine nature (selflessness) in an imperfect fleshly human form (selfishness). Jesus came down at Christmas, as a lovely love divine, to give godly forgiveness to us, we cannot earn it, buy it, trade it… it is given as a gift and once must choose to accept this gift or not, which ultimately means you are deciding whether to love or not. His revelation of love is what he left and that is what remains to this day.
For most of us we feel that to forgive an evil done to us is a weakness; to choose to love to the point of death an absurdity. So love, while we desire it, we do not often choose to perform it out of fear and selfishness… and Christmas stands, for some as an appalling reminder of that imperfection, but for others the last best hope for peace even if the reminder comes but only once a year. So each year, for me at least, it demands my attention that love should be something I give, even at times unwillingly, to others that frankly do not deserve it and as a chosen act of selflessness, it is truly a lovely love divine.
I’ve seen the following quote, possibly wrongly attributed to Mother Teresa, but regardless of who said it or where it came from it is packed with a timeless clarity of what sacrificial love truly is and why we should choose it.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it my never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
This is the nature of God and anything less than this is immature thinking, religious or non-religious alike, because it was never about religion at all.
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