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I love the Christmas season—the fellowship with family and friends, the fun, the happiness and excitement, and the decorations!

This is a very obvious statement, and this article is not going to be all about how much I love Christmas. I want to, rather, focus on how God designed us for fellowship, and how we enjoy fellowship with each other over this beautiful season. We experience an infinitesimal taste of what it means to have fellowship with God.

Many years ago, I asked God to help me to try to understand His love. His answer grounded me. The love that I feel for my husband and our four children is, infinity times infinity, indescribable. God said back to me so clearly that this love that I feel for my family is but an infinitesimal taste of His love for me.

God wired us for love. Scientists have found this to be so as they navigate their way though intricate world of neuroscience. We feel this love as we fellowship with those we love. His grace extends to the great care and purposefulness He poured into our design, which enables us to experience this fellowship.

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is a white elephant gift exchange where you can steal someone else’s gift or go for an unopened present. It’s always a blast to watch people maneuver to get the gift they really want, rather than leaving with something lame.

It reminds me of the very reason for this time of year. It’s the season when we celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—His son Jesus Christ. Because of what Jesus did for us, we’re blessed to have the greatest gift exchange ever. You see, Jesus didn’t just come to be born in a manger; He was ultimately destined to die on a cross for all of us. Because of what He has done, this great exchange has already happened. Now, all we have to do is receive the gifts, by faith, He exchanged with us.

Here are just a few of the gifts that we get to exchange:

For SIN, we received FORGIVENESS.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Eph. 1:7)

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) One of the most recognized Bible verses of all time, this verse sums up how much God loves us in one sentence. This is the time of year when we reflect on that love. God is love. And Christmas is a celebration of the greatest gift we have or will ever receive as a result—Jesus.

In spite of this truth, sometimes it seems as though we witness anything but love this time of year. Cars swiftly pull in front of others to secure the best spot. Women fight over hand towels at Black Friday sales. Families bicker over Christmas dinner.

The devil would love to distract us from the real reason for our celebration this Christmas. He seeks to steal our joy, kill our peace, and destroy a treasured time for families everywhere. But, we don’t have to let him!

It’s time to put the focus back on what Christmas is all about.

Love at Christmas
Why is important to show love at Christmas? This season is a celebration of the greatest gift of love ever shown to mankind. If we truly want to honor

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