Posted on Sun, Dec 5, 2010
As we plan to celebrate Christmas this year, I enjoin you to reflect, prayerfully, on Jesus Christ – the reason for the Christmas. You may have been wronged for many reasons this year, may be in the past years, too. Perhaps, you are still nursing the injuries. Stop and think! Christmas cannot be wholesome if you celebrate it with the hurts. Consider to forgive all who have wronged you and those you have wronged, also. Do so sacrificially and consider Jesus Christ. “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3
Consider the love of Jesus Christ for you. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9. Won’t you reflect on God’s lavish love for you and for God’s sake keep your hearts free of offenses against anyone, particularly, during this season of love and forgiveness? “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
To exemplify love and forgiveness, Jesus Christ offered his righteous life for us. Thus, he cleansed our filths once and for all. Further, he continually keeps us and unreservedly sustains our relationship with him. No matter how vile we had been, and still are, Jesus who advocated the seventy, times seven principles on forgiveness, (Matthew 18:22) is unhesitant to forgive all our sins. And he lives to make intercession for us, transgressors. This is, indeed, forgiveness, wrapped up in love. Should this Christmas season not remind you and me to give? Your gifts must include the intangible such as forgiveness, love and time. Therefore, resolve to give, not only to those who can repay you. Give freely to everyone as investments and expect a reward from God. Remain blessed.
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