11-12My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
13-16This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He's given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we've seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
To Love, to Be Loved
19We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
God thank you for this reminder of your love and the reason for Christmas, from this family who is at this time grieving their own loss. What selfless love they have shown us and as your word says we love because You first loved us.
Thank you so much to the Timm family. Your gesture has touched our hearts deeply.