Nowadays and for most people Christmas is about shopping, eating, trying to find a Christmas tree or taking the fake one out of the garage and assembling it. Then there is the problem of trying to remember who sent you a Christmas card last year so that you don’t neglect to send them one this year. In some countries it has become a time to argue about whether saying to others “Happy Christmas” or “Happy Holidays’ is appropriate. Of course it’s supposed to be about celebrating the birth of Jesus and an opportunity to give heart to some of the things he taught. Here, this Christmas, are some of the more important things he or his disciples said.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13,34-35.Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13,10.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12,31.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4,8.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful…1 Corinthians 13.The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5, 22-23.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12,10.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.1 John 5,3.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15,13.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippains 2,2-4.