Through Jesus ...
God demonstrated His nature, which is to show compassion and to provide a way for us to know Him personally and intimately.
God displayed His unconditional love. He loves us without regret. However, this does not mean that He dismisses sin. We have to make the choice to turn away from everything that separates us from His love. When we do, He goes to work in our lives, bringing heaven's convicting light to the hidden areas. His presence in us through the Holy Spirit brings freedom to our souls so we can live worthy of the calling we have received (see Ephesians 4:1).
God disclosed His mercy. Our sinfulness is enough to condemn us and to prevent us from knowing God, but He would not allow this to happen. The birth of Jesus Christ heralded the beginning of the fulfillment of God's plan. By grace through faith, we are no longer sinners condemned to an eternal death. We are saints -- forgiven and filled with the hope of glory.
God proclaimed His justice. When a person commits a crime, there is an outcry for punishment. But through His life and death on the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sin. He lived and died so that we might know God's love for us.
There are many gifts we can give this Christmas. The greatest gift was given to us over 2,000 years ago, and the greatest gift we can give today is to tell someone else about the Savior's love.
You may think you do not know the right words to say. If this is the case, pray and ask God to speak through you of the love He personally has for your lost friend or loved one.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son for me. Speak to me, that I may know You, and speak through me, that those around me would see Your unconditional love and come to know You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today . . . a Savior has been born to you" (Luke 2:10-11).
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