Tuesday, December 20

Merry Christmas

I am taking a break over Christmas, check back a day or two after boxing day. I hesitate to call it a "break" though, since this blog has been a ghost town for the last couple of weeks. I have three posts all done in draft form, I promise!

Anyway, a couple of verses to think about over the christmas holidays:

Matthew 5:

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Around Christmas we so very easily (and rightly) embrace and share love with our friends and family. What Christ wants to point out is the Christian will extend that love to those we may dislike or treat us poorly, especially during this holiday season. God bless and have a nice christmas...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your idea of brigning up Mathew at Christmas time. Then again, I like the idea of bringing up Mathew at any time. It is so hard to live up to these sentiments, yet there are so many public leaders of religion who go through the motions, never giving any indication in the least that they have any compassion for those who see things differently.
My wife and I visit incarcerated youths through our church - not much really, but we at least try to do what we can. They may be arsonists, robbers or rapists, we aren't told for sure. The point is, it's not up to us to judge them, to determine whether or not they have paid the price, righted their wrongs, and been rehabilitated. Those tasks are up to the authorities. As Christians, we show up at Christmas and Easter, and the Fourth of July, and treat them as boys. I don't know if that counts as loving those who hate us, but these kids have committed crimes against society. All we can do is show compassion to strangers.

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