One of the things I love about December is the atmosphere, the feeling of love, giving, and festivity that fills the air. I love the positive aura most people have around them. Even people who have been very uptight throughout the year find some moments to relax and enjoy being with other people.
December is one of my favorite times of the year. But what’s really special about this month is not the weather, nor is it the gifts and parties. Rather, it's that we all go out of our way to show love because the very essence of this time was wrapped in a swaddling cloth and laid in a manger many years ago.
Many years back, God himself decided to take on a human form and come and live among us. I often wonder why, and my best guess is that he wanted us to see that it was possible to live a life free from sin and full of love while on earth. Many of us, myself included, have this notion that we are unable to live a sin-free life on this earth; we believe “to err is human.” God had obviously heard that excuse many times, and he wanted to prove a point: you can live a sinless life on earth.
And so he came in the form of a baby and lived among us. He went through the same hassles we face each day and grew up with the same childhood dramas most of us had. But throughout his life, he did not sin but showed love every day. To me, that is the essence of Christmas.
It is time to get rid of all our excuses:
“I get very angry and hit people because I’m temperamental.” God’s response to you is “get angry but do not sin or let the sun go down on your anger.” Ephesians 4:26“I steal because I really don’t have, and I need to feed my family.” God’s response to you is “you must not steal. Only the hand of the diligent will rule.” Exodus 20:15“I embellish what I say to make people laugh and enjoy my company.” God’s response to you is “let no unwholesome thing come out of your mouth.” Ephesians 4:29
God lived here on earth and did not sin, so we no longer have excuses- because he lived on earth as a human. Our lives should be filled with love, and we should live out Christmas every day. So take a moment to absorb this season, breath in that feeling of love, memorize that response of kindness, embrace that giving heart, and keep it throughout the year.
Christmas shouldn’t just be a season; it should be our everyday lifestyle—so let’s start living the right way.
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