Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Thought

“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgive you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  Colossians 3:13-14

If we might ever wonder what comes after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season besides returning gifts that didn’t fit or were “less-than-perfect”, I think St. Paul states it very clearly.  We may be past the “day” of Christmas, but we must never get past the spirit of Christmas in which Divine grace was visited on the human race in the birth of Messiah.  And when thinking in terms of Divine grace, think about the condition of the world during the time of Jesus’ birth compared to the time of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Could we honestly say that the condition of the human heart was much better during Jesus’ time?  Yet the Holy God of Grace chose not fire and brimstone by which to visit but instead in the innocence of a child.

Now with the secular season beginning to wind down, let us remember by our words and deeds what the true Spirit of Christmas is all about.  Let us remember that as we may choose to return that “less-than-perfect” gift, we must never turn our backs on the Gift that is always perfect and always fits: grace that manifests itself in forgiveness and love.  This is the only place, in this perfect state of grace, where we will ever find the “Prince of Peace”.


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