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Even though Christmas
is over and I'm putting up our Christmas decorations, Christmas seems to keep on
happening. We know that Christmas is
about the Christ Child being born unto us, but if you think about it, Christmas
really happens all year long. When a
person becomes a Christian something happens, He becomes born again. The Christ of Christmas is born in His heart.
The Spirit of Christmas lives in our
hearts. I'm not talking about Jolly Oh
St. Nik - but Christ becomes alive in our hearts and we become children of God.
The day star arises in our heart. The
light of the world lives within us.
Even though the
Christmas lights are being put away in a box.
The trees , the garlands the bulbs and bells are being gathered and
stored. God's glory continues to shine.
Today I was reminded
of God's mercy and how He willingly came to earth to be our Saviour, our comforter,
our dearest of friends. We are loved and
accepted because of His merciful love towards us.
Joseph came to my
mind today, I thought of how He must have felt hearing that Mary was pregnant
with a child. His love was tested. His faith was tested. He was then faced with a question. Should I tell all or show mercy? Would He keep it private or cause her shame
and even death? Would it be considered a
lie if He held back that information or would it be merciful?
There's a verse
that has often come to my mind when making hard decisions.
10:12 ¶ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
exactly what Jesus did for us.
questioned whether or not Mary was lying to Him. He was a godly man or God would not had chose
Him to be the earthly father of Jesus. He
was a praying man and open to God's will.
God sent an angel to tell Him not to fear but to take Mary for his wife.
he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in
a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy
wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save
his people from their sins.
If we want
a picture of love and how we should treat other people I think of Joseph.
loved Mary and sought to put her away privately. She would have been stoned to death otherwise.
believed and He willingly became the earthly protector of God Almighty's only
have become angry and carried gossip all over town and watched her die while
being stoned, but He talked to God.
when God sent him the answer He needed.
Devotional: Susan Nikitenko
A verse to think about and memorise ...
know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save
a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.