During the Christmas season life can become so stressful. It can become so stressful because Christmas is more about gift buying, light hanging, Christmas tree raising and even propping up the economy, than it is Jesus being the reason for the season. The world has conditioned us all, even the church to get caught up in this cycle called debt during this season. Thus, I’m not condemning the church for buying gifts for family and friends because if you can afford it, please do so, because on some level it does show that you care for the one who receives the gift. However, whether or not you are able to buy someone a gift at Christmas time is not the measure of real love. The Father showed us the measure of real love when He gave us his only begotten son (John 3:16); and in giving us his only begotten son, he gave us an opportunity for our lives to be changed; hence, if you don’t have the money to buy those things which you would desire to give, how about giving the love of God. To give the love of God would be to share a word of encouragement with others-pray over someone’s life-find a way to spend some quality time with family and friends; in fact, give those who are not saved an opportunity to know Jesus. Listen, I know this won’t be easy for everyone to receive because at Christmas time we won’t what we won’t; however, let’s put Christ back in Christmas for real. Don’t allow this season to bind you up and put you in the bondage of debt or stress because the word of God says “Owe no man anything, but to love one another (Rom 13:8).”
God Bless You.