As you observe the lighting of the second candle of Advent today you will hear again and again the word LOVE related to God’s promise for a renewed life to those who will believe in the Son. Although there is not a clear tradition across the spectrum of Christian beliefs, whether some call this second candle the candle of hope, of love or of peace, ever since the 4th century when these traditions were formed, each Sunday builds on the next culminating with the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
As you observe the lighting of the first candle of Advent today you will hear again and again the word HOPE. Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.” Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “…faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
So much of our relationship with God is dependent on our ability to understand forgiveness. When the Apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray Jesus immediately gave them a warning about allowing unforgiveness to reside in the heart.
An unforgiving heart will always get in the way of the possibility of a close relationship with the Father due to our inability to understand His forgiveness.