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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Friend to Friend

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s easy to get so busy with the cooking, decorating and shopping that we forget why we’re doing all this in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals.

Several years ago I wrote a Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13 to help me keep my focus on what Paul deemed most important of all…love. As part of our family tradition, I pull it out and post it somewhere in our home as a reminder of what’s really important during the holiday season. And since you are now part of the family, I’m pulling it out for you.

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

©By Sharon Jaynes

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, on that starry night in Bethlehem. I am still amazed at Your great love for me. May I never lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, but celebrate Jesus’ birth with joy! Help me to give as You gave—with love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What are some ways that you can make sure to love your family well this holiday season?

Are there any activities that you need to eliminate from your busy schedule in order to alleviate over commitment? If so, what are they?

More from the Girlfriends

It is hard not to get caught up in the pre-Christmas swirl of activity and lose focus on what’s really important. If you would like ways to keep Jesus the focus of your holiday season, check out my book, Celebrating a Christ-centered Christmas: Ideas from A-Z. It’s packed with helpful ideas and inspiration. And what could be better than giving the gift of prayer? For you married gals, check out Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe.

7 Responses to “One Thing God Wants You to Remember at Christmas”

  1. Gina says:

    Thank you for reminding me of what is most important. I have a house full coming from across the country and I have been fretting about all the things that aren’t done yet. I will bestow love upon my friends and family , as that is what is most important. Merry Christmas!

  2. Jessica says:

    We have been studying this thought and in our Life Group. I would love to share this with them, if that is ok. It is a great reminder, and I will be helping you with this tradition every year!!! I think it is a great reminder for us to SLOW DOWN and really enjoy what means most.

  3. Jean says:

    … if I am touched by how beautifully articulated a message from God is presented, yet do not acknowledge the author, I am but a hearer of the message … Praising God for this timely and timeless interpretation of The Word. Thank you, Sharon. I will share this message with my Sisters in Christ. May God continually bless my Girlfriends in God.

    p.s. I will include © Sharon Jayne so that this never becomes ‘anonymous.’

  4. Maddi says:

    Wow, that was a great devotional! I’ve been studying the love chapter for a while, and God has been speaking to me!

  5. Beth says:

    Whoa. This stopped me in my tracks. This season I will slow down, step back, hug and love on my family. Thank you so much for this devotional!!!

  6. Patty says:

    I love your Christmas version of the Love Chapter!!! It speaks volumes to me and I believe everyone should have the opportunity to read it. Thanks for sharing it. I would love to share 1 Corinthians 13 Christmas version on my blog since I don’t do the other forms of sharing across the internet. Thank for such a thoughtful reminder as such a busy, stress filled time of the year. hugs, patty

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