Editors’ note: 

This is the fourth sermon of our advent podcast series, which Pastor Dwayne Cline is preaching at James Street North. You can find the first sermon on Advent Hope here, and you can find the second sermon on Advent Joy here. And you can find the third sermon on Advent Peace here.

All of us long for love. We long to be accepted. We long to belong. We also long to love. We express love in a variety of ways; sometimes through physical touch; sometimes through words of affirmation. This time of year we often show love by giving gifts. God lovingly offers kindness to everyone. The rain falls and the sun shines on our neighbours yard as well as ours. He grants everyone joy and pleasure. Jesus demonstrated His love through service and sacrifice. His love for us is shown supremely on the cross offering a forgiving and redemptive love for those who believe. His love justifies His children, granting them His presence now and forever. This is advent love.

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