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Christmas is For-Giving
Today I’d like to share with you an integral part of our giving this Christmas, and that is our need to be “for-giving.”
Forgiveness is something that touches every aspect of our lives. One of the Scriptures often quoted during Christmas bears this out when the angel of the Lord told Joseph what the name of the child would be.
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
Jesus came because all of us need to be delivered from the devastating effects of sin.
Have you ever given a gift to someone knowing that it was really going to benefit you more than them; kind of like when husbands give their wives a vacuum cleaner, a tool chest, or a riding lawnmower for Christmas. (And guys, let me just say, don’t do it.)
Forgiveness, however, is just like that when we extend it to others, because it benefits us far more than those we extend forgiveness too. Forgiveness is one of the healthiest things we can do.
But to be able to give forgiveness where it is able to do the most good, we first have to be recipients of God’s forgiveness. Now God’s forgiveness isn’t something we deserve. This is seen in Jesus’s own words on the cross.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus forgave us even though we don’t deserve it. In fact, He forgave us even though it was our sins that put Him on the cross in the first place.
The Apostle Paul said, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Through His death on the cross, Jesus canceled out the guilty verdict against us, which is what makes this gift of forgiveness so huge. This is what you might call the big gift under the tree.
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