DAY ONE
by Kay Horner (Awakening America Alliance)

 

 

     The word love is a commonly used word in our language. We love pizza and chocolate, shopping and hunting, our spouse or significant other, and our children. However, love at its best is the height of human affection and loyalty. In New Testament Scripture, the word used to describe the divine love of God is agape--a selfless love, which gives and sacrifices expecting nothing in return, an unconditional love that has the best interest of the recipient at heart. One might say it's an "unreasonable love."In one of the most intimate writings in Scripture, John uses tender terminology such as  "dear children" and "dear friends" as if he is writing a family letter from the heavenly Father to His "little children." He essentially looks at the evidence and gives clear proof of the incarnation of the Son of God-Jesus Christ. Based upon this extravagant demonstration of divine love, John challenges us to love one another with these words:
 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-11, NIV)  

         When you stop to think about it, the Advent narrative (Matthew 1:18-25) is one of the most unreasonable love stories in all of Scripture. Webster defines "unreasonable" as "not governed by or acting according to reason . . . absurd." How absurd that God would send His Son to be our Savior-One who shares the nature of the Father-God manifested in human flesh! "For in Christ all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form." (Colossians 2:9, NIV)
 

Also consider how unreasonable it was for God to ask a young, virgin handmaiden, engaged to be married to a righteous man, to conceive an unplanned (by her) pregnancy and then endure the shame and risk that would involve. How ridiculous that Joseph would be requested to follow through with his wedding plans with Mary and accept the responsibility for her "illegitimate" child! Unreasonable! Yet what would our world be like if they had chosen otherwise? Yes, abortion would have been an option even in ancient times.

We tend to divorce ourselves from certain accounts in God's Word. This occurred more than 2,000 years ago in a small nation of Israelites. Yet, experiencing unplanned pregnancies, terminal illnesses, and reduced "quality of life" for the physically challenged and aged are still every day realities in our own nation today.

Who are we in their story? What could be asked of us as recipients of God's unreasonable love? Could He be challenging us to respond with unreasonable love for those whom the world might deem expendable? Place yourself in the story and ask, "What have I recently said or done that seemed totally unreasonable to my community - to my world? More importantly, are my actions and words motivated by our Father's love for His children?"


PRAYER FOCUS: THE UNBORN

  • Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to strengthen your faith walk with Christ, so that you may be used to impact those in your sphere of influence to embrace a love for the sanctity of human life in unreasonable ways that are accompanied with practical actions, supporting pro-life ministries in your community. (Matthew 25:31-40)
     
  • Are there ways that you think of yourself or others as expendable? Examine your heart. Ask God to search your "innermost, hidden" part, to try you and see if there is any wicked way in you. (Psalm 51:6, Psalm 139:24) Pray that the Lord shows you ways that He can transform your thinking to see yourself and others as beautiful, loved by Abba Father, and made in His image.
     
  • Intercede for the principal persons involved in every abortion decision. These would include the expectant mother and father, who are often frightened and confused, other "advisors," and the abortion perpetrators. The womb is the most dangerous place in America, and the only legal ways the Church can intervene is by intercession and counseling, where possible. Encourage your church and community with the message that life begins at conception. Pray through Psalm 139.

 
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