December 25, 2018

Most of you are probably familiar with sibling rivalry. One is angry at the other because they took the toy they were playing with, or wore the dress, or colored on the others picture, or wouldn’t share the crayons, and on and on it could go. Most of the time the anger or hurt feelings are justified because of wrong actions.

John 15:25 (NLT) — 25 This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’

There truly was never ever a justifiable reason to hate Jesus. He didn’t come as a king from heaven with a sword to slaughter. He came as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes to save. He didn’t come to take. He came to give. The donkey that he sat on was not so that he could run over people but so that he could come to people. The towel in his hand was not so he could smother people but so that he could wash their feet. The whip that we deserved He allowed to be used on his back. He didn’t choose the comfort of a sofa on which to extend forgiveness instead he chose the cross.

We are called to represent Jesus. Lets represent him in such a way that we give people no justifiable reason to hate us.

1 Peter 2:20 (NLT) — 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

1 Peter 3:17 (NLT) — 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Merry Christmas!

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