Unresolved family conflict can rob us of the joy everyone talks about having at Christmastime. But it can also rob us of the joy we should have through our relationships all year long.
Why are two of the biggest movie weeks on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays? Because we’re not used to being cooped up with everyone for that much time. I’m not saying we’ll ever be ready for 5 days at home with kids bouncing off the walls, but are we ready to spend time with our loved ones at all?
Christ came as a baby so one day He could forgive our sins. It’s a shame that we have trouble celebrating this holiday at times because we haven’t sought the forgiveness or extended forgiveness to others.
If we centered our families or holidays around the message of Christ: His birth, His sacrifice, forgiveness and love for others – then we’d probably actually enjoy the holiday after His namesake. I’m not saying we all need to recite the Christmas Story at every stop, but if we made sure to love God by worshipping Him in our home and then made sure to love others by seeking & offering forgiveness, that would simplify Christmas by getting us back to a simple message of Christianity.
Colossians 3: 12-14
Ephesians 4: 29-32
Matthew 5: 23-24
Luke 17: 3-5