As the holiday season approaches and life gets busy, the idea of love needs to be kept in mind.
The Christian Life theme for November is ‘love forgives.’ The verse for this month comes from 1 Corinthians 13:5 which says, “…it keeps no record of wrongs.”
When asked about why this theme was chosen Christian Life Director Greg Lisson said, “Instead of have it be something that love does not do, it was made positive by saying that love does forgive.”
Loves seems like a difficult concept to fully understand and apply to life, but focusing on the things that love does can help fully apply the concept to life. Although forgiving is hard, those burdens need to be dropped to fully love. No matter what grudge is being held, no matter how big or small it is, that burden need to be let go to truly love.
Jesus forgave us for every sin and died for those sins, so we are called to forgive in the same way we were forgiven.
Lisson said, “One of the greatest examples of God’s love is his grace and forgiveness towards us on the cross. One of the best ways we can love other people is by forgiving them when we are wronged.” Although the concept of forgiving can be very difficult, the result is one of the most freeing.
The theme for December is ‘love always trusts and always hopes.’ The verse for December comes from 1 Corinthians 13:7 which says, “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
In December, there is an increased emphasis on remembering the real reason for the holiday season. The only way that can be done is by remembering to love. Lisson said, “I thought this theme fit beautifully with Christmas and the coming of Christ, who brings us hope for the future and is the foundation of our faith in the present.”
During the chaos of the holiday season, an easy way to free yourself is with love. When minds are racing about exams, family and traveling, hope and trust can help to feel freed from that anxiety and stress.
Lisson said, “Love looks for the best in things. Trusts in what God has done and what he is going to do in the future.”
If Wesleyan students remember to forgive, trust and hope, then the chaos can help be calmed.