Saturday, December 23, 2006
God For Christ's Sake Hath Forgiven You.
Isn't it great to know a God, the true God, that will forgive us of our sins? Not only forgive us, through Jesus Christ, but is making a place for us in Heaven. How wonderful is that? God is a God of love and compassion. He does not tell us to go forth and lie and do whatever it takes to convert people to Christ. He just tells us to spread the word and He will do the rest. This is the true God, the all powerful, the almighty.
We are to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgive one another as God has forgiven us. If we cannot forgive others then our Father in Heaven will not forgive us. Jesus Christ was born to give us a way to eternal life. To give us the opportunity to never feel the sting of death. So we can be in that place where there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, no more death. Praise His dear name.
There are so many this Christmas that will not have the love of Christ shown to them by their fellow man. A lot of them will see torture and imprisonment for believing in the name of Christ. They are the persecuted Christians throughout the world. Many countries are not tolerant of others beliefs as we are in America. But even here we must be careful of what we say in a particular venue or we will be persecuted ourselves. There is a difference between the persecution here in America and in other third world countries. Here we will not go to jail, in most cases, or be tortured. But there is still an intolerance of our, Christian, beliefs. America, as a nation, has become so worried about alienating any other religions that they have taken away some rights of the Christians.
During this Christmas let us all pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ that will not have a peace filled and love filled Christmas. May they fill the love of God come upon them in there time of tribulation. Let us also pray for the ones that are causing this on our brothers and sisters. That they also will feel the love of God come upon them and unharden their hearts to be able to see the truth. And be able to hear the word of God through our brothers and sisters that they have in prison or are persecuting outside of prison. I pray that God will give those persecuted the strength to show forgiveness to their persecutors and in doing this they would turn from their persecuting.
There may be some that are holding a grudge against someone. It may even be against a family member. Get rid of that hate and bitterness and show the love of Christ that is in us all.
To all of you a Merry Christmas.
1: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5: One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7: But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8: Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9: (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20: But ye have not so learned Christ;
21: If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25: Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27: Neither give place to the devil.
28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.