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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger

You are the CHRISTmas Love Story

My friend Glenn Repple sends an email/podcast daily entitled The Repple Minute. This week’s thought is being shared with his permission.

Without Jesus Christ there would be no CHRISTmas. Without Jesus Christ there would be no forgiveness of sin. Without Jesus Christ there would be no resurrection from the dead. Without Jesus Christ there would be no reconciliation with God. Without Jesus Christ there would be no hope. Without Jesus Christ you would not have a story.

You are a walking breathing story of CHRISTmas. Your story of redemption, forgiveness of sin and salvation is CHRISTmas. You are the Christmas story.

This is the time of year to celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a time of year to remember the purpose for God coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. This is a time of the year to celebrate all God has done throughout the ages for His children.

Your story is about victory and hope through your wilderness experiences. Your tests, problems and circumstances are unique to you.

What is the circumstance or difficulty you have gone through, so that God can get the glory? It might be the death of a father, mother or a child. It could be the divorce of your parents. It could be rejection or abuse from a family member. It might be financial bankruptcy. It might be marital difficulty. It might be a prodigal child. It might be an addiction. It might be a dishonest act. It might be an unfair situation at work.

Your story is of deliverance from failure, pride, selfishness, discontentment, fear, guilt and shame. Your story is how you overcame worry, addiction, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, greed and rejection. These triumphs are unique to you. You inherited a fallen sin nature caused by Adam and Eve. Jesus came to give you victory over death, sin and the rule of Satan in your life.

Your story is about how the wilderness which looked like an unmovable mountain was used to shape and mold you to the likeness of God. God uses every situation for His good. Your story is about God’s faithfulness as you went through the wilderness. Your story is how God used a circumstance to get your attention. Your story is about how God delivered you through a problem or circumstance. Your story is about how you changed even though the circumstance or problem may have stayed the same.

Scripture says, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” This is so Jesus can have more brothers and sisters. The little suffering you go through is nothing compared to the suffering Jesus endured to bring you into His family as a king or queen to rule and reign here on earth.

Your Christmas story is for all seasons not just CHRISTtmas. Your story is about the victory and freedom Jesus Christ has given you. It is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and love while you were still in sin Christ died for you.

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