And Jesus is the One that can show me. Maybe that is why we choose to stay hidden from Him...because deep down we know what a relationship with Him REALLY entails. To accept the love that He is freely giving us means that we are to turn around and love in the same way. This is a scary thing to do in the natural...it's easier to keep others in pre determined boxes and therefore at arms length. However, He never said that we had to go about it all on our own...in fact that would be a recipe for disaster. We have Him with us every step of the way.
Oh Lord, teach us to love like You.
I remember my mom (who was a very wise woman often saying 'everyone loves, loves, but no one is willing to do anything to help each other'. I can now see the great wisdom in those words. The great love story that is Christmas is only complete when it is put together with Good Friday and Easter. God's great love for us in not reflected so much in the fact that He came to live as one of us, but that He came to suffer and die for us.