I wonder why we speak of peace and joy and harmony yet live so inconsistently? We can so easily speak the good news of the gospel yet live a lie of Gossip, backbiting, arrogance, and selfishness! Strife seeks to walk among us and we succumb to it’s danger and the just plain, wrongness of it by taking sides and fighting with crushed and arrogant spirits. Yeah, it seems we have the talk but not the walk and then we wonder why others don’t get it or understand Gods’ grace and accept His unconditional love. Hypocrisy is the most confusing message we can send to others within our circles of influence and it’s so very real, and so very rampant in our churches and in our own hearts. When do get the fact that God’s work done in God’s way will be victorious and God’s work and ministry is the Good News in action as well as word? It’s not accomplished through down-talk and jealousy, backstabbing and ridicule. Through rivalry and bitterness! When do we wake up to see that withholding forgiveness, smiles, kindnesses and love only prove to worsen issues as they subtly and slyly become our strongholds used by the enemy to divide and destroy? Our Saviour came to break through the darkness of sin with His glorious light on that night so long ago. His divine and royal credentials became a humble birth in a stable. A heavenly, all-powerful God gave up His heavenly status to become a helpless babe born into a humble lineage, a poor family! God gave up His royal robes to be swaddled in clothes and laid in a feeding trough. From riches to rags He entered the world of rejection in order to bring hope to us here on the wretched earth, bound in our sin and strongholds. To us who speak the good news yet live lies of selfish arrogance. Yeah, He came to bring Peace on Earth and to reign glorious and victorious over our strife and fighting, and bitterness. Let’s get it as we enter into the glorious celebration of His birth. Let’s let go of anger, wrath, malice, hurt, pain and rejection long enough to see His divine light in our darkest of moments. Yeah, if we say we know the Truth of His love, grace and forgiveness, then what better time to demonstrate it through love, grace and forgiveness, than at this glorious time of joyous celebration of His birth?
We can be as King Herod seeking to destroy with lies and jealousy or we can be as Wise Men seeking Christ to honour Him in the way we live!
“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men and he learned from them the time that the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find Him come back and tell me so that I can go and worship Him too!” ….the wise men went their way and the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were filled with joy! …They opened their gifts and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2: 7,8,9, 10, 11b
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