I recall a time when I lied to a dear friend to save my pride. I felt my reputation was at stake. Over time, the weight of that lie crushed my freedom in our relationship with shame, and divided our friendship. One afternoon, as the Holy Spirit convicted me, my stomach cramped and my throat ached. Through torrential tears, I asked my friend’s forgiveness
After what felt like hours, she patted my knee and said, “In Jesus’ name, you’ve been cleaned and forgiven, my sister.” In that moment, as she forgave my offense and recalibrated our friendship, I experienced God’s love as she declared my restoration through His forgiveness. I also realized that I was not above any sin. Most importantly, God’s forgiveness covers all sin.
Christmas is more than a story of a baby and a star. It’s God’s plan of love unfolding in our lives when we bow before His Son. Jesus Christ is His promised provision of redemption from sin and the ultimate example of how we must love each other.
Father God, thank You for Your gift of love and forgiveness through the life of that Baby in the manger —Your Son, Emmanuel.
written by Rebecca Siedschlag