It never fails, to amaze me, how Christmas can be distorted, by people, and the ways of the world. I watch television, and every commercial, is so off base. According to the word of God.
I go to stores, and shop, and every thing that has to do with Christmas, on the store shelves, has, in stock, some snow man, or Santa Claus. If you were looking for a nice nativity scene, for your yard, or your home for that matter, they are hard to find.
People send messages, on cards, and they write “Merry Xmas.” Leaving Christ out of the equation. Which I find is just rude, and not honorable to God, because they don’t understand. Though, I find myself, forgiving others, as well. For as Christ said, Lord, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34.
But he also said, we err, not knowing what the word of God says, or the power of God. Matthew 22:29. So I pray, I do not err, myself, by the way I celebrate Christmas.
I communicate with other Christians, and they believe it is a pagan holiday. And some, substantiate it with some scripture as well.
Jeremiah 10:2-4. Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a TREE OUT OF THE FOREST the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They DECK it with SILVER and with GOLD; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Sounds like a Christmas tree to me. So, I don’t argue with that. I never want to argue about the word of God. BUT AVOID FOOLISH QUESTIONS, AND GENEALOGIES AND CONTENTIONS, AND STRIVINGS ABOUT THE LAW; FOR THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE AND VAIN. TITUS 3:9
And upon further communication, some have shared, how Pagans, have distorted this holiday of Christmas. So their conclusion, is to not celebrate Christmas. Or, especially to not, put up a Christmas tree.
And though, I respect, and honor my Christian friends who do not hold Christmas in the way, I do, I still respect them, to agree, to disagree. And I do so with love. Because Love, covers a multitude of sins. Proverbs 10:12. I pray my sins, as well.
Well, call me sentimental, but I put up a Christmas tree. And I don’t want to be a hypocrite, so I express, that I do so. I acknowledge, that perhaps, I am wrong by putting up a tree. But, with all due respect, I would hope, you would consider what I write as well. Because I would never want to go against the word of God. But a friend of mine asked me to pray about it, and I did. And what I believe I heard from the Lord, was its all about love…..So love covers a multitude of sins.
The Bible tells of Christ’s arrival and birth, in Luke, Chapter two, it testifies of the birth of Christ. As an angel spoke to Mary, and those who witnessed his birth. FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY, IN THE CITY OF DAVID, A SAVIOR WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD. AND THIS SHALL BE A SIGN UNTO YOU, YOU SHALL FIND THE BABE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES LYING IN A MANGER. AND SUDDENLY THERE WITH THE ANGEL A MULTITUDE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST PRAISING GOD AND SAYING GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. Luke 2:12-14
This is scriptural it is not based on some Pagan, idol worship! God made it clear that we would see the birth of Christ! He had it documented in His holy word, my King James Bible.
Now mind you, it does not give a specific date, and there has been speculation, that Christ was not born on December 25th. But, when I celebrate Christmas, I celebrate the birth of my Lord Jesus. I try to keep it in the context of the true spirit. I worship God, in spirit and in truth.
Even though this date truly is not known. I do not want to get legalistic in this matter, so I celebrate it, on the date, that Christmas has been designated. I celebrate love, because God is love. I John 4:8.
And the short answer to this, is I celebrate it according to John 3:16. So Happy John 3:16 and I say it in love. Because Jesus is the reason for the season.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Folks, Christ came for us, because God so loved us, that He sent his only begotten son, that if we believe, and repent, we would be saved. I base this on John 3:16. I base it on the love. Because again, God is love.
I don’t want to get caught up in the traditions, of the world. But I recognize this holiday, and celebrate it, praying I do so with the heart of God. In the meaning, of Christ coming to this world, to save a world, that needs a savior. To uphold the word of God. I cannot take one scripture, and throw away, the rest of the word of God. I cannot, and I am not saying anybody is doing this, but I cannot hit someone over the head with the Bible, and justify, not celebrating this Holiday.
To me, the devil, always, tries, to kill, steal, and destroy. Even in the understanding of what this Holiday is. Jesus is the reason, for the season. For, Christ came to give us life, and life abundantly. To distort it is, with the commercialization, that loses the true meaning of it, or to call it a magical time, or to not celebrate it, just reminds me, that really is the enemies plan. He does not want all glory to go to God. He is Gods enemy. That last verse, says Glory to God, in the highest. And on earth peace, to all men.
When I put up a Christmas tree, I am reminded, of the one who hung on a tree for me. My Christ, gave his life, for my sins. And do I want to sin, purposely? No never. But when I put up a Christmas tree, I want it to be a reminder of what Christ did for me. I do not want to look at it in a pagan sense. But in love. All that I do I want to do, I want to do it in love. Gods love.
I admit, I don’t always know Gods ways, or pretend to know it all I dont. Even though, I may know quite a bit of Gods word, but I don’t want to be like a Pharisee, who reacts by the law of Things. Its Gods grace that saves. So, I trust Gods word, but that means, I cannot pick and choose some of it, to justify myself, or situations. God is the final judge in all matters.
People, have fixed notions, so many times, by the way they were brought up, with the lack, of information, or with religion, etc. So they are preconceived thoughts, that are hard to break through. I do not want to get off balance, with God, which is an abomination to him, as well. Knowing, that in his word, A false balance is an abomination to the Lord. but a just weight is His delight. Proverbs 11:1. Taking Christmas and throwing it out, to me, or to distort it with the ways of the world, is an abomination, and takes the meaning, and goes way out to the “left” of the matter, and is off balance. And anyway, I am weary of “religious folks” especially because I want a relationship with Christ, because of what He did on that cross for me.
Now in conclusion, of this matter, of how you celebrate Christmas, that is totally up to you. I respect if you do not. Your choice, either way. If you, do, or if you do not. But I tell you, this, and I tell you in love….
If you are going to celebrate it, and I pray you do. Take it for what its worth, and do it in love. Remember the beautiful story of Christ, coming to earth, by his humble birth. Remember the star that led the wise men. For wise people still seek him. If you give, give in love. When I give, if I can give, greatly I will try to do that, instead of keeping blessings to myself. To give of yourself, your resources, your money, gifts etc. Is an expression of Christ, for he gave of his life so much so, it cost him his life, for us, on a cross.
If you put up a tree, do it in love. I remember, the excitement as a child of putting up a tree, and to decorate it, etc. Even if it was just practically a branch, because we were so poor. But not poor in spirit. We were children and we looked at Christmas, with the Christmas spirit of love. Children, and we are all Gods children, respond to love. So, I never want to lose the spirit of that, by denying the holiday.
I love the tradition, of reading the Christmas story. To see, how wise men, still seek him. To know Angels, sing glory to God, so I join with them, in my Christmas songs. More then anything, the Christmas story, is just a reminder, of a beautiful savior, who was born in a stable, laid in a manger. But when He gave his life, and rose again, promising, me, and you if we believed, we would have a place in his Kingdom. A mansion, because He went from a stable to a mansion, in heaven to prepare the way for us.
So it does not matter to me, the way the world may celebrate it. For, I cannot help, but celebrate Christmas, because Christ, came to give us life, and life abundantly. The holy birth of Christ, is a miracle, and I celebrate miracles!
Merry Christmas, may God in his love, show you the true spirit of Christmas, for your heart, to know love. His great love. Just my Christmas thoughts, with love, Elena Ramirez
My Prayer of Hope
Father, in heaven who I adore, I thank you for Christmas, I thank you for Christ. I pray, I do not lose the true meaning of Christmas, by the traditions of the world, or by trees, or pagans, or whatever, the devil may try to use, to stop the spirit of Christmas. But love, can never fail. Thats your word, and thats what I hope in, as I see, Christ came in a sweet humble way, because you loved the world. I believe that, and stand on your love. Not condemned. Because Christ did that for me. In his great love, by going to the cross. I will never let that go, from my heart, and I am grateful, and thankful, for my relationship, and my salvation with you, through Christ our Lord. And in his name. For that is a miracle to me, for I was lost, but now found. Amen
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