When I think of Ron, I am reminded of one of my life verses –
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered" ~Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)
I am thankful for the amazing fellowship, passing on and sharing of his wisdom and the mutual exchanges of insights - Ron is a great friends whom I met through Facebook; he shares a friendship that display compassion, as well as wisdom to so many. In this season of Christmas, especially as Christians, may we continue to renew the meaning, renew our beliefs about the day, and renew a spirit that focuses on the true meaning, and grow in gratitude of our mighty God, perfect savior and what has been so sacrificially given.
By: Ron McIntyre
Christmas: I believe that I will speak from my heart as I discuss this season known as Christmas, a time that should be filled with joy and peace.
This is the time of year we celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior, the One who gave His life, so that we could all one day join Him in the very mansions He has prepared for us.
My concern regarding this glorious celebration is the influence that Satan has been able to have in diverting the true meaning of Christ's birth into a hypnotism of tradition and warm fuzzy feelings that come from hoopla that begins with Halloween and with it brings disappointment on Christmas day because of the usual dissatisfaction of gifts and newly created debt. Add to this fatigue, depression and obligatory gifts, events and other meaningless attractions that amount to zero. This is not how God intended for us to celebrate His Son's birth!
The feelings of being blue, sad and even lonely are in direct contrast to the peace, joy and thankfulness that God intended for all His people to enjoy by sending His only Son to be our Savior and King.
Stories of love and great experiences should be exchanged, as opposed to stories concerning gifts, which often result in envy, spite and more loneliness.
All the expectations of Christmas have escalated by man-made promotions to the extent that Jesus is seldom mentioned; and in the case of political correctness, Jesus is completely left out of His own birthday celebration.
I enjoy the Christmas spirit of giving as much as anyone, but we must learn to keep the true meaning of what Christmas is all about in perspective. It is a year around celebration, twenty-four hours a day. Jesus taught us to love, not for one day a year – but, that we should love always, even our enemies. Jesus is Love! And for us to love, we must be love.
Jesus was born to be our Savior and He died a brutal death so that we could live. Christmas is the celebration of true love, a love no greater than He. Let us all remember this first and foremost, then maybe unwrap a gift or two.
Love to everyone,
Strength and Honor