20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Remembering how God humbled Himself by becoming a man, to live among us He was not only able to directly interact with people but to also be a living example, showing us all, how to live a better life. He came so that we could be saved from our sins. He came to save us all. This is why we should remind ourselves and our loved ones why Christmas is a time for celebration.
V.21 makes me think of how I can have more of a willingness to forgive people for their wrongdoings. Remembering that forgiveness is not about condoning whatever has taken place, but is more about freeing yourself and any other people (that may be affected) of the negativity that is linked to harbouring feelings of contempt, anger etc.
Christmas is the time of year which often involves people getting together. More often than not there is usually someone who is not getting along with someone else within that family or group. Therefore, this season is the perfect opportunity to exercise grace, to pray for that person, over the situation and to ask the Lord for some sort of resolve.
During this season I will be praying for;
· a new area for faith to grow within in me
· to remember the joy that was offered to the world, through the birth of Jesus Christ!
So while we prepare to celebrate this wonderful time of year filled with festivities, foods and traditions, it would be worthwhile to reflect on the true reason for this celebration. The birth of Jesus Christ – the decision God made to become a man who openly loved, taught, demonstrated, sacrificed and provided us with a freedom and future like no other.
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