Are you experiencing conflict this Christmas season? Christmas is normally associated with great joy. It is, after all, the birthday of the Great King! But it is not just a birth we celebrate, but the great truth of Incarnation. God has come to us; He has come as one of us. He has come to be with us in even our most humble and most trying circumstances.
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.’” (Matthew 2:22-23; NKJ)
So, are you experiencing conflict in a relationship this Christmas? Perhaps there is rift between you and your spouse. Maybe you are experiencing a disagreement with a co-worker. Maybe you are having a battle of wills with a child. Whatever the conflict, it can suck the joy right out of Christmas.
Do you realize that when Immanuel – God with us – came to Bethlehem, He came to a people with whom he was in conflict. The scriptures tell us that – by our own sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions – we were the enemies of God. But God came to be with us even in when we were his enemies. His coming was a vital step in his plan to transform us from God’s enemies into God’s children!
Now He is still Immanuel – God with us – when we are in conflict with others. Conflict can make it seem as though God is distant, but he is not. He is very near to those who have faith in Christ. He gives you his presence. And he gives you power to offer grace, patience, and ultimately reconciliation with others.
This Christmas season might be a difficult one for your relationships. Know this, there is one relationship you can count on. Immanuel – God with us – at Christmastime and at all times.
Blessings in Christ,
PS. Are you going through a trying time this season? How can we help or pray for you today? Please reach out to us through the comment section, or by email at email@example.com. We also welcome you to join us this Sunday in person or online as we talk about “Christmas! When God camped Out”. www.chapelwoodbc.org