Tuesday, December 25, 2007

God's amazing character

In my readings this Christmas morning I am drawn from the manger to God's greatness. Beth Moore in her book 'Praying God's Word Day by Day' wrote for today "The divine dilemma: two loves-one for the world, one for His only son. And one demanded the sacrifice of the other". Does it not humble your heart to try and comprehend how great the love of God is for us in sending Jesus to be born for our eternal salvation? He loved us so much and desires for all of us to be with Him forever. Do we honor Him for this sacrifice? Do we acknowledge His greatness daily as we are so blessed by His grace?
I grew up in a strict southern Baptist faith. There were many "laws" in which one had to live to follow a Christian walk-similar to the laws Paul talked about in Galatians 3. Like Paul, I have learned that God's laws are to be lived by faith and with a genuine heart to honor God, not just merely in action to fulfill a duty. The manger, cold and bare as it was, was filled with so much love and warmth for what our Creater, our Provider had planned for us. The manger represents God's provision of grace and speaks of His tenderness and mercy. May we honor His greatness today and everyday in humble awe and reverence that He would cared that much for us. I leave you with Philippians 2:5-11(NLT) :
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though He was God,
he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up his divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form,
He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
With Christ as our example, may our hearts prayer of humbled obedience be reflected daily!
In His graces~Pamela

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