Having a more genuine and fruitful Christmas
Father God, lead us to be the people with whom You dwell in Joy! Let our Light so shine for You that You indeed are Highly Pleased. Help us to be the people that You would shout for Joy over. We Love and adore You Lord Father God! Blessings of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
What kind of check list do we need for a meaningful Christmas? A Fruitful Christmas of Celebrating a Savior, Jesus the Lord, Who Chose to Come To Our Lives?
Let Love be Genuine.
Mercies of God. Putting God first. His framework is created to bless us.
Spiritual Worship. Plan on Church teaching you about overcoming the ruts we all fall into. Renewal in finding what is good, acceptable and perfect in God's eyes. We are so very blessed Jesus will fill our gaps. Jesus our Savior fulfills the Law for us. When we stick closely to law - we find ourselves squeezing and therefore finding the need to eliminate and rid ourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.
Gifted Grace! When we are reminded God fulfills us we find we are humble. Not contrite, not subservient, now weirdly bent in false lack of appreciation, but blessed as forgiven and on an upward path of God. Rick Warren made an Awesome Point that we live in thanksgiving. Not for the horrid things life can present and traipse about as good - but we are in Gratitude that God is going to Help Us. In Gratitude - in Expectation - there is a point to developing ourselves as a harbor for the Holy Spirit to want to dwell within us.
One Body in Christ, the "I Get Too" of going to Church to hear genuine Christianity of being individuals praising God with such genuineness to find what is dry and crumbling within us soar to rebirth and renewal. As the Advent Candle is lighted, we find our own Christ Light rejoicing.
Not the smile of a worldly Christmas - real cheerfulness. Holding fast to what is good - seeking the good. We are serving God when we seek His pleasure and seek to see the gifts He places exactly in our lives.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rejoice in hope, be patient in troubles. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Pray constantly. Contribute. Seek to give hospitality. Bless people - all of them. Don't be haughty. Leave things you cannot accomplish to a very able God. Cast our cares upon Him - because - He Cares So Much For Us. Have Joy.
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
1 Peter 3:10-12
For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Which is interesting because the largest blessing in the Word of God asks God's face to shine upon us twice in the blessing!
Practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
16 he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.
17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
they will see a land that stretches afar.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Father God, we desire to love life and see good days. Help our speech be good, seeking and pursuing peace. Please have Your eyes and Your face Shine upon us. Be with us as we practice these things. Guide us to be upright. Walk righteously with You. Speak uprightly. We want to dwell in Your heights and have You be our Fortress. Your goodness, mercy and Love are beauty. We look to You in Faith be counted as Righteous.
Father God, as we have faith and look to please You, please build our lives to have the reflection of Your pleasure. Let Your face shine upon our lives. In Jesus. God bless us we ask. Amen.
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