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December 2017

Love brought Jesus to earth as an infant. Love compelled him throughout his life and his death. He gave a new commandment when he called his disciples to love one another (John 13:34). The Christmas story is one that leads to God’s love for us and God’s calling for us to love others.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9

This passage teaches us that God made love visible to us in Jesus. How then can we describe what love looks like? We start by looking to the life of Christ. Galatians 5:22–23 captures love well. Jesus is love. Jesus is joy. Jesus is our peace. As we look in the gospels to see how he interacted with people we see that Jesus is patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. His self-control was evident throughout his life, and it was perfect in his dying moments on the cross.

How can you make the love of God visible? You can be love to others. Be a person who forgives those who wrong you—forgive truly and deeply from your heart as Jesus has forgiven you. Be a person who is patient and tender toward people you are helping who want to change—remember that even small growth is growth that reflects Christ-like character. Be a person who has self-control and is gentle even as you step into hard situations—Jesus is wisdom and knows all things, seek him and ask him to help you know how to intervene.

Will you pray for our staff this month? Pray we will embody love for the people we serve. Pray we will love one another well as we strive diligently to accomplish our work. Pray God makes us fruitful. Here are a few things underway this month:

  • Rejoice with us, for God is faithful. The next issue of our Journal of Biblical Counseling will be released this month. This year we celebrated 40 years of publication and 25 years with David Powlison as the editor.
  • Brothers and sisters around the world are submitting final papers and exams in our School of Biblical Counseling. Pray for our students, that what they learn will penetrate into their very hearts and result in a deepened faith and greater skill for helping others.
  • Pray for our counselors as they walk with people who are seeking help. Some are grieving a loss, some are facing a crisis, and others are undergoing brokenness relationally and want to change. Each person no matter the situation needs courage and hope, pray God will supply both.

God bless you,

Rebecca Eaton
Director of Development

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