Merry Christmas and My Christmas Wish List

I want to wish all my readers a wonderful Christmas with their friends and family. I have been blessed by getting to spend time with relatives and friends as well, and hope you share in the same blessings.

The beauty of this Christmas is that since I have so little money, I’m not buying a lot and I am able to experience the season guilt free. There is a certain freedom in not having money to spend on gifts. No false sense of obligation to the holiday.

But I do have a Christmas Wish List that I hope you will take as your own. For the coming year, here are the things that I want:

  • I want to be thankful in all things as Paul tells us to do in 1 Thess. 5:18. This means I want, pray and desire to be thankful for the road that the LORD has me on.
  • I want to be more forgiving toward those who have harmed me and the ones I love. This one can only come about through His hand, so I’m dependent upon the One who gave the command to carry it out. Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:21ff that we need to forgive all those who sin against us.
  • I want to be more gracious and kind in my dialogue with both believers and non-believers alike. Paul tells us this over and over again in his letters, but Colossians 3:12 seems to capture it the best: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

I think that about sums up what I’m hoping for because of Christ in my life. That is my Christmas list.

Allow me to add one more point. I don’t see the love here expressed in the text as something that looks the other way when a brother or sister is sinning and living in a sinful relationship. That is not loving, but hateful. We are to warn everyone while it is yet today about the danger they suffer while living in sin.

OK, Merry Christmas!

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