Grace and Truth
So 46 hours later, I finally made it to St. Louis… Seeing my mom and dad’s faces at the baggage claim filled me with so much joy! It was great to see them after not only traveling for two days straight, but also after being in England for the last four months.
While I won’t be able to stay in the states for Christmas, don’t we naturally have a deep need to be with family during the holidays? Whether it’s your spouse, kids, parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, close friends… There’s something about Christmas that beckons family togetherness!
Family togetherness is an incredibly beautiful and vital part of life. And although we love our families very much, we don’t always have the most beneficial thoughts or sentiments toward them, right? Sometimes instead of joy, we can feel frustration, or instead of enthusiasm, we can feel apathetic and indifferent. We can either feel delighted by our family or feel irritated by them. Family members can be the source of both happy tears and tears of sadness.
There is no perfect family, but we serve a perfect Savior.
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
No matter where our emotions take us, it’s important to react in love, grace and truth. When GRACE and TRUTH define our conversations with family over the holiday, we can truly celebrate the splendor of togetherness and more importantly, the reason for the season—the birth of Jesus Christ.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh… for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do…Now the works of the flesh are evident: …enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions…” – Galatians 5:16-24
This Christmas, let’s pray AGAINST enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, rivalries, dissensions, and divisions. God doesn’t want that for you or your families.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” –Galatians 5:22-23
Instead, let’s pray FOR a spirit full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control toward one another.
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” – Proverbs 16:32