Bishop of Myra, 397
"Reconcile with God at Christmas"
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”Luke 2: 14 NKJV
Knowing that Christmas is God’s chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time for us to reconcile with God. Christmas is the time to meet Christ: “It is the time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.” (Hosea 10: 12 GN)
God's intention is not only that you have peace with Him. He also wants you to have peace with other people also. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
All families have difficulties: there are jealousies, grudges, resentments and misunderstanding. That’s not how God wants you to live and when you reconcile to Him you can be reconciled to other people.
Who do you need to reach out to this Christmas and be reconciled to? Who do you need to write a note to or make a call or visit to start the process of reconciliation? Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to approach and ask their forgiveness?
The Bible says, “But if we live in the light – just as He is in the light – then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, purifies us from every sin.” 1 John 1: 7 TEV.
When Christ is in me and in you, then Christ isn’t going to argue with Christ. We’re never going to have peace on earth until the Prince of Peace reigns in everybody’s heart. That’s why we need to reconcile with God; then allow that reconciliation to flow to other people.
But there are two things to remember. It starts with Jesus in your heart. Once He’s in your heart you have to let Him out to others. Galatians tells us that Jesus came at the right time.
This means that the timing of Christ’s arrival was not an accident because, “everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1 TEV. Don’t waste this gift that God is giving you at Christmas.
It’s time for you to turn to God. When you do that He willpour out blessings upon you and all who know you.
Peace in the Lord,
Posted on Sat, December 7, 2013
by Marie Blair