Who we think we are isn't the same as who we really are, in the deepest part of our being. The good news of Jesus Christ is that, even when we don't know ourselves, God does—and God helps us to know both ourselves and one another better.
Think about someone you love dearly: a friend, a spouse, a child, a parent. How did you come to love them? What makes your love for them grow? What might this have to teach you about how God knows and loves you? About how you might show love for others who are harder to love?
Artwork: Lauren Plummer, "Advent Candle." http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57464. Used under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-SA 3.0]