Reconcile with God at Christmas
By Rick Warren
— December 19, 2009
"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
Knowing that Christmastime is God's chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time for us to reconcile with God.
Christmas is the time for you to meet Christ: "It is time for
you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you."
(Hosea 10:12 GN)
God not only wants you to have peace with Him, He also wants
you to have peace (goodwill) with other people, too.
Holiday seasons, rather than
promoting harmony, often become a time of conflict. All families have difficulties: there's
jealousies, grudges, resentment, misunderstanding.
Who do you need to reach out to this Christmas? Who do you need to write a letter or call or
visit to start the process of reconciliation?
Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to
approach and ask forgiveness?
The Bible says, "But if we live in the light—just as he is in
the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his
Son, purifies us from every sin." (1
John 1:7 TEV)
When Christ is in me and Christ is in you, then Christ isn't
going to argue with Christ. We're never
going to have peace on earth until the Prince of Peace reigns in everybody's
heart and that's why we need to reconcile with God and with other people at
But it starts with Jesus in your heart. God gave us Christmas so
we could meet Christ: "But when the right time finally came, God sent his own
Son." (Galatians 4:4 TEV)
This means the timing
of Christ's arrival was not an accident because "everything that happens
in this world happens at the time God chooses." (Ecclesiastes 3:1 TEV)
Don't waste this Christmas. It's time for you to turn to God.
God says, "It is time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and
pour out blessings upon you." (Hosea