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1 John 4:11: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Does the verse above sound familiar? Try reading John 3:16.

At this blessed time of year, as Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in human form on earth, take some time and tell your family that you love them, contact an old friend and tell them you’ve been thinking about them, and basically just love one another. God loved us so much, He gave us the present of God the Son, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas.

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Ephesians 2:8-9

Verses 8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

It’s not about who we are that gets us into Heaven…earthly society’s designations mean nothing in the Kingdom.
It’s not about our achievements that get us into Heaven…we are born into sin, and thus the strike/ball count is already 2 strikes against us.
It’s not about what we can do that gets us into Heaven…man seems to place more value on the material things of this world than the eternal things of the Kingdom.
It’s not about who we know that gets us into Heaven…you can state ad nauseum how important you are and all the important people you know…

EXCEPT:

If you know Jesus Christ, confess your sins and acknowledge Him, accept Him as Lord and Savior in your life…”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

There’s nothing you can do on your own or by your own power, but you can accept the grace God extends through His Son.

You see, to paraphrase an old saying, it’s not about you…it’s about Jesus!

That old phrase you hear “if not for the grace of God”….it is about the grace of God!

Something to think about.

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verse 25: “Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.”

Anxiety. Extreme worry and/or concern. It can become so encompassing, it affects your whole body. It can interfere with your thinking. Such an emotion can cause you to become physically ill, to literally feel as if you have the entire world on your shoulders. It can drag on you like an anchor; it can pull you down to your knees. My wife and I have a friend who is going through such anxiety right now. Our hearts hurt for her and her family during this time.

But sometimes when you are brought low, when you are brought to your knees…that’s where you’ll find God waiting to help. Let me quote a “glad word” here for you: John 3:16. Another one is specifically for anxiety: Matthew 6:25-34. When you find anxiety crowding your every thought…think on Jesus. Jesus never said the Christian walk would be easy, but He did say He’d be there with us.

Something to think about.

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