Often around Christmas time we can be reminded of offenses made by people who are in our lives, or we are reminded of the people who are no longer in our lives because of offenses that were made and never resolved.
Let’s be real for a moment, sometimes Christmas is more difficult than we would like to admit. Including the offenses and broken relationships we are almost forced to face around the holidays. When this is the case it’s difficult to anticipate anything good around Christmas, let alone the arrival of a Savior, when we are hurting.
This morning I started thinking about what I wanted for my loved ones for Christmas. Not material presents, but what I want for them in Christ. The special gifts that will make their lives more meaningful, purposeful, and their time on this earth a little bit happier and more peaceful.
I like thinking about those types of gifts because they make me pray and rely on God to provide those gifts for my loved ones.
In that moment this morning of wanting for my loved ones to have gifts that only God Himself can give, I started thinking about what I would want God to give to those whom I no longer have a relationship with, or to the people in my life whom I have a strained relationship with. It was a moment where the offenses really didn’t matter as much as the goodness that I know God wants to give them.
Since we have Jesus, we have good gifts. Sometimes it’s difficult to move past the offenses this Christmas season, but we can always lessen the pain with prayers for God’s goodness in the lives of those around us.
What do you want for your loved ones?
What do you want for your enemies?
What does God want for your loved ones and your enemies?
The Bible says that revenge belongs to God. Through Jesus we’ve all been forgiven, some of us just hasn’t been able to accept His forgiveness. It’s through Jesus that we’ve been released of the burden of providing punishment or condemnation to anyone, that’s simply not our job.
Just like God wanted for you to have Jesus even though we sinned greatly against God, we have the opportunity to give that same gift to everyone else.
Today I’m going to pause and journal what it is I want for God to give to those around me including the people that have offended me.
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Love is selfless and it is constantly pursuing ways to bridge the gap of disconnection in the world. Love brings freedom, not only to us, but also to those around us. When we are walking in love we desire the best for people. In this four week mini Bible Study come and explore what unconditional love looks like in your life today.