ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Christ, son of God. The story has been recounted countless times out of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The child was the embodiment of God in human form, but more than this he is humanity’s redemption from sin unto God. Jesus’ birth was a gift from God to humanity, the sending of the one who would bring peace to his people in a dark and gloomy world. Not just a mere intellectual peace, but a spiritual one that reconciles us for eternity. The birth of Jesus was the coming of peace whereas his death and resurrection was the full completion of it to save humanity from sin.
So how does this affect how we celebrate Christmas? First of all, realize that when we celebrate Christmas we are remembering the ultimate gift God gave to us, Jesus. We are celebrating the peace and joy we have in God as we accept his son Jesus into our hearts.
We also understand that we give gifts to friends and loved ones we are mimicking God’s example. Remember also that the most valuable gifts we can give is our love, time and our hearts. Material gifts are fine and well, but don’t stress out about them, just make sure the person knows he or she is loved and appreciated.
During family gatherings at Christmas, there are often times family disagreements and strife that began years prior which arises, this year don’t ignore them, face them head on and settle them. If you have felt wronged or feel you have the right to be angry and hold a grudge, remember when you welcomed Jesus into your heart to have your own sins against God forgiven, it is incumbent of you to forgive also. Humble your self and forgive not because you are required to but because you love God. A little humility here can go along way and you may be pleasantly surprised at the results.
If Christmas dredges up memories of painful or sorrowful times in your life, remember that by the grace of God, you can and should let go of and leave these painful memories behind. Set your mind on the truth of what the season is about and its joyfulness and focus on how you can share this joy with others. If you have limited time with, are in a situation where you will not be able to spend the season with family and friends or if its in your heart to do so, share your time and joy with the community. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, offer to help with a food drive, help with various activities and serve at your church, or even just find a local church body to be involved in. Whichever route you choose, you will bless others and be blessed yourself.
Above all, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, and let you eyes be set on this truth and be sure to share your joy with others and this way you will never run out. Merry Christmas and have a joyful season.
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