At a recent worship service at church, we had a special guest worship leader. He sang his favorite Christmas carol for us which was “O Holy Night”. Being raised in church, I have heard this song thousands of times. Like most Christmas carols, you have probably only heard the first verse of most and maybe the second verse. I know I have and the words to all of them are beautiful and favorites of mine. As he began on the 3rd verse I could feel the emotion move through the crowd as over a thousand stood to their feet raising their hands to the heavens praising our Lord and Savior.
These are the words 3rd verse says:
“Truly He taught us to love one another.
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
and in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord, then ever, ever praise we.
His power and glory, ever more proclaim!”
“His law is love and His gospel is peace.” Those words struck my heart. It is acceptable to talk of God, but so many these days cringe at the mention of Jesus. To me, however, Jesus is God’s love personified, sent to earth, born in a manger, ‘a Savior who is Christ the Lord’. ‘the way, the truth, and the life’.
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
I Timothy 2:5
“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.”
In looking at the life Jesus lived after He was born, it is very clear that He came to lead by serving. He did not put His self-righteous nose in the air but befriended what others saw as “unfit” or “unclean”. He was the living example of love, a supernatural love, bringing hope, kindness, and peace; the living example of the love of God.
I John 4:16
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
Christmas is a very precious and important time for me and my family. I want to wish you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas. And this is my prayer, that I may share God’s amazing love. I pray that I will see others as Jesus sees them, and that others see Jesus in me.
“No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Donna Mott is known as the “Blendermom” thrown in the mix of a blended family on her blog www.blendermom.me. She has a fourteen year old daughter and a nine-year old son, as well as a ten-year old bonus son. Together with her wonderful supportive husband, she is trying to teach her children the truest Christian values of loving God and loving each other through compassion and service. She is a 2009 graduate of “She Speaks” through Proverbs 31 ministries and has written for www.upliftingfamilies.com. She enjoys writing personalized poetry. She also writes and composes personalized songs for special occasions. She loves snuggling with her seven pound fur-baby, Maltipoo, Brady. You can follow her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram @blendermom3.