Thursday, December 24, 2015

Love Your Family

Christmas is not only about Jesus' birth but about family. Many will be with family members they don't enjoy much. Some will be with family members who are living in open rebellion to God's ways. Some will even mock the name of Jesus. Conflict and tension will visit many homes this Christmas but it should not be for a believer.

Even if you don't enjoy them, show them the love of Jesus. If they dislike you, show them love. When they say hurtful things, respond in kindness. How will they ever know Jesus if those who proclaim to love Him, don't love them?

We are commanded to overcome evil with good. Christ overcame all evil on the cross and we know how it is all going to end. King Jesus is on His throne. God doesn't want any to perish but all to come to the knowledge of Him. Therefore, use the short times you are with those who oppose you to show them Jesus through your kindness and joy. Don't let them steal your joy. Don't go down to their level of behavior but help them to come up to yours.

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and to save us from the wrath to come. He lived a perfect life so all who believe on Him will one day be made perfect in Him. He is our Lord and Savior. He has done everything for us; now He asks us to love others deeply, even our enemies.

May this Christmas be one of peace for you and your family. May you shine the light of Jesus wherever you go. May you ponder all that the Lord has done for you this year and the blessings He has bestowed upon you. 

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6