Avoiding the Holiday Blues Tip #5

Rejoice

“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”                                                                            Luke 2:10

  No sweeter words have been spoken to men by a celestial being.  The angels appeared to the shepherds while they worked.  These were ordinary men.  Why would an angel go to these guys?  Because, they were just like you and me.  Working stiffs, who need to know that God loves them.  That is the good news.  God is for us.  God is on our side.  God is not mad at us.  God cares about us.  God wants a relationship with us.

Here is the problem for us men: Jesus is a gift from God.  He is a present that must be received.  We can not earn this.  We must simply believe.  This is difficult for us guys….  because we want to be worthy of it.  There is something in us that drives us to create, grasp, obtain and merit all that we have.  We are workers.  We were made for that.  We want to deserve the house we live in, the car we drive, the watch we wear, the shoes we get, the jewelry we enjoy, and all the goodness that our hard work brings.

This little boy in a manger; a miraculous expression of the Almighty’s true affection for us, can not be obtained.  He must be received.  No strings.  No expectations.  That is so hard for us to wrap our arms around, that we often miss it.  The good news….He loves you, and this Son of His is proof.  It doesn’t matter what you have done, what you are going to do, or what you think you might do.  He still wants a relationship with you.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Emanuel- God is with us.

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