June 2nd, 2005
Alexandria & Roberto
YOUR PEACE IS IN HIM. THE LORD NEVER INTENDED
FOR US TO BE SAD OR DEPRESSED ANY TIME OF THE
YEAR, ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS AROUND
CHRISTMAS. WE AS CHRISTIANS AND BELIEVERS ARE
TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AS A TIME TO REMEMBER
THE BIRTH OF JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND TO
REFLECT UPON ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. HE IS
THE ONLY REASON FOR THE SEASON. WE SHOULD NOT
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS LIKE THE WORLD WHICH
DENY JESUS AND CELEBRATE SANTA, WHICH IS NOT
EVEN REAL. THAT'S IDOLATRY AND THAT'S AN IDOL
GOD. WE SHOULDN'T JUST CELEBRATE JESUS ONE
TIME A YEAR EITHER. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE HIM
EVERYDAY AND THAT'S NOT BEING DEEP. THAT'S THE
TRUTH. CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF CELEBRATION WHEN
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVED ONES ARE SUPPOSED
TO COME TOGETHER AND FELLOWSHIP AND FEAST.
THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND IN
THE NEW ALWAYS GATHERED TOGETHER FOR FEASTS
SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. IT WAS A SET ASIDE TIME
WHEN EVERYONE WAS USUALLY OFF FROM WORK OR
THEIR JOBS AND WERE ABLE TO BE THERE. USUALLY
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A TIME WHEN EVERYONE CAN
GATHER FOR THE THINGS OF CHRIST, BREAK BREAD
TOGETHER, AND HAVE FUN. NOW SOME PEOPLE MAY
SAY WELL I DON'T HAVE NO ONE TO BE WITH AND I
DON'T HAVE ANY CLOSE FAMILY OR FRIENDS. THIS IS
WHERE THE CHURCH AND GOOD NEIGHBORS SHOULD
COME IN AT. NOW OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE
TO LET GO OF PAST HURTS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS,
ESPECIALLY IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE STARTING
OVER IN LIFE. YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO SAY AND TO
FEEL "WELL I CAN'T TRUST NOBODY". THE REASON
THAT YOU FEEL LIKE THAT ANYHOW IS BECAUSE YOU
HAVE BEEN HURT, AND YOU GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE
A DECISION TO BE HEALED, GET OVER IT, AND MOVE
ON. THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN THE LORD FULLY
HEAL YOU. THAT'S RIGHT, JESUS WANTS TO HEAL YOU.
HE KNOWS YOUR PAIN AND ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU
WRESTLE WITH ON A DAILY BASIS, AND DOES CARE,
AND HE IS CONCERNED, BUT YOU HAVE ALLOW HIM
TO HEAL YOU. HE KNOWS THE WRONGS THAT WERE
DONE UNTO YOU, BUT YOU MUST FORGIVE OTHERS
THAT HAVE DONE YOU WRONG. JESUS WAS ALSO DONE
WRONG BY OTHERS AND HE KNOWS JUST HOW YOU
FEEL. (HEBREWS 4:14-16) HE FORGAVE THEM EVEN
AFTER THEY HAD DONE HIM WRONG. (LUKE 23:32-34)
HE IS OUR EXAMPLE. MANY OF YOU READING HAVE
BEEN HURT BY A DIVORCE OR BAD RELATIONSHIP, OR
HAVE LOST A LOVE ONE THROUGH DEATH OF SOME
SORT. DON'T BE GRIEVOUS, DEPRESSED, OR SAD FOR
THEM, ESPECIALLY IF THEY DIED AS A CHRISTIAN, A
BELIEVER IN CHRIST. (1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18) THEY
WOULD NOT WON'T YOU HERE SAD, DEPRESSED, OR
STILL GRIEVING OVER THEIR DEATH. YOU MAY HAVE
HAD YOUR MOMENTS, BUT IT'S TIME TO MOVE
BEYOND. I'M NOT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD FORGET
ABOUT THEM, BUT REMEMBER THEM WITH HOPE,
LAUGHS, AND LOVE. HOLD ON TO THE GOOD OR THE
POSITIVE MEMORIES OF THEM THAT YOU HAVE THAT
MAKES YOU HAPPY AND NOT DEPRESSED.YOU MAY BE
A PERSON READING THIS AND YOU MAY HAVE LOST
YOUR JOB, AND YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO BUY
GIFTS FOR YOUR FAMILY. CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT
GIFTS AND GIVING GIFTS. IT'S ABOUT JESUS AND
GLORIFYING HIM. DON'T WALK IN GUILT OR SHAME,
AND DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN CONDEMNATION OVER
GIFTS OR BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE A
GIFT TO YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR FAMILY. JUST BE
THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE ALIVE. THEY'LL JUST HAVE
TO UNDERSTAND. STOP LETTING PEOPLE PUT YOU IN
BONDAGE OVER PRESENTS. IF JESUS IS THE REASON
FOR THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS, THEN IT SHOULD BE
ALL ABOUT HIM. IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH
GIVING GIFT DURING CHRISTMAS? NO, NOT IF YOU
HAVE IT TO GIVE. GOD GAVE OF THE GIFT OF
HIMSELF THROUGH THE FORM OF HIS SON JESUS AS A
GIFT TO ATONE FOR OUR SINS IF WE BELIEVE AND
ACCEPT IT. THAT'S OUR GIFT AS CHRISTIANS AND ANY-
BODY IN THE WORLD THAT WILL BELIEVE AND ALSO
ACCEPT THAT GIFT. (JOHN 1:10-17, 1 CORINTHIANS
15:1-8, ROMANS 10:9-10, 1 JOHN 1:9) JUST KNOW THAT
JESUS LOVES YOU DURING THESE HOLIDAYS AND
EVERYDAY. BE ENCOURAGED. STAY IN FAITH OR GET
IN FAITH, AND KEEP HOPE ALIVE. (JOB 14:7-9, JOB
11:18-19) BLESSINGS, LOVE, AND PEACE. PEACE BE
UNTO YOU.

WITH KINGDOM LOVE,

YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST,

RODERICK GRIMES




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DO NOT BE SAD OR GRIEVE
DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
JESUS LOVES YOU VERY
MUCH
DECEMBER 25, 2008