Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December Ninth

As the days pass, we get closer to the day we celebrate as our Lord's Birthday. Is that the real day? Who knows. I have heard arguments for both sides, and it just wouldn't surprise me if it was. That is something only God would do. One of the best cases for the December birthday is a DVD called "The Star of Bethlehem". It is a documentary that a gentleman did on his research based on the astronomy of the sky when Christ was born. It is amazing! Look it up and see for youself at You will be amazed.

The arguments are valid on both sides. But if we let those arguments cause us discord, then we have a problem. We are called to unity and compassion, not selfish ambition or earthly gain.

Todays verse is Colossians 3: 22-23
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance form the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

If we could just think about that as we are bickering over trivial matters while the world is watching, and so is Jesus, what a different place our homes, churches and lives would be. Maybe we could be the effective body he has called us to be!

Today, seek to make peace with someone. It might take a humbling of your pride to make it work, but you can do it. Ask God to go before you and soften the heart of the person you have had the disagreement with. And ask God to hold your tongue and give you the right spirit. Go with no expectations...after all, they do not have to forgive you. But do it right. Go to them and state what you did wrong. Then, humbly ask them to forgive you. Use those words. Say, "Will you forgive me?" If you as this, you throw the ball into their court, and make it their decision, leaving them responsible before God. It lets you have the freedom you need, even if they don't forgive. But you must be sincere! They will know if you are not. And more importantly, God will know.

Also, seek to be a peacemaker. Live peaceably with everyone. I can't say for sure, but I imagine that if we began to seek peace in our relationships, it will make Jesus sing over you. And isn't that a lovely thought, to have him sing over you? Not really sure why I thought of that, but it is something that I want in my life. I want his heart to sing whenever he thinks of me. I want to make my Father proud.

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