This Christmas

Christmas can have many different meanings: the birth of a King, hope for all, gifts under the tree, etc.  We can all agree that Christmas is finally here.  We begin by hanging our Christmas lights, putting up our tree, and the all favorite shopping for every loved one.  It's a time where families are supposed to come together and be brought closer, but the cruel reality is this doesn't always happen for every family.  Holidays can actually be a time of pain due to egos, pride and Satan's lies which bring strife on many families.  Some may have relationships with family members, while others are estranged due to Satan coming like a thief to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).  

If Christmas time is supposed to be full of joy, why are so many people hurting?

Without forgiveness in our hearts towards those who have hurt us, we are robbing ourselves of joy. They say, "Forgive others and you will be ok".  Sounds simple right?  See when it involves so much hurt, it is so hard for me, and probably you, to forgive.  I have caused people pain, while other times I have been blessed with people forgiving me, but it isn't always that simple.  There's people in my life that haven't forgiven me but I continue to pray for them and for Gods timing in forgiving me. This Christmas I hurt, I hurt for families that won't be together in peace and harmony like God created families to come together in unity.  If you are currently feeling strife, know that I am praying for you and your loved ones.  

There are some ways you can start forgiving those who have hurt you this Christmas and also for those you have hurt to forgive you:

1. Know that you are not alone.  Many of us have someone we have hurt or have hurt us and we are praying that they would find it in their hearts to forgive us.

2. Pray! Pray! Pray for them!!!  You cannot forgive someone with your own will power, it doesn't work that way.  The enemy finds a way to remind you of the pain they caused so you don't forgive them... EVER.  Pray for their heart and your heart because only God will remove bitterness in your heart.  

3. Ask for help.  Asking someone to help you pray helps you with fighting the bitterness.  There is power in numbers, especially when it comes with prayer.  

4. Your marriage suffers if you don't forgive. Sad but true. It becomes easier to just move on and not forgive your spouse when you haven't forgiven those who've hurt you in the past. Your marriage flourishes when you forgive and let go of bitterness. 

I'm praying for your loved ones! I'm praying for healing, forgiveness and most importantly that you know Jesus loves you!  If you don't personally know Jesus, know that He loves you! He came to save us all. 

Lord Jesus, thank you for forgiving my sins.  Thank you for giving Yourself up on that cross for me. I need you in my life, heart and mind. I pray for all the people who are hurting in this season. I pray they feel your love upon them. 

In His name, 
Cynthia and Liz

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