Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jesus' Gift

Although Jesus couldn’t physically stay here with us on earth, He left us with a little present – the Holy Spirit!  He couldn’t stay in the tiny manger, and He couldn’t stay a tiny baby.  Eventually He had to go back and be with His Father.  God made sure that we would always feel His love and presence by sending us the Holy Spirit.  It’s what guides our conscience, gives us wisdom on everyday issues, and provides us comfort with the presence of God. 

God couldn’t take sin out of the world, even though He died to save us from our sin, but He could give us the wisdom to discern right from wrong, and give us the compassion we need for others when they fail in these areas. 

During the holidays, tempers are often short and we fail to treat others how we should.  While the Bible gives us the “law,” the Holy Spirit often provides the “gospel.”  Forgive those around you when they fail you, be able to forgive yourself, and thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  You are never alone.

“And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the son of God.’ ” Luke 1:35

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