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254: Celebrate God’s Grace This Christmas

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Read Titus 3:1-11. Do you feel good enough to receive God’s love this Christmas?

The truth is that none of us deserve his love. We have all let him down in various ways. It can leave us feeling hopeless. But we are not without hope! God always shows us his love, mercy, and grace.

God’s mercy and grace towards us is based on his love for us, not our performance for him. You can’t do anything to make God love you any more than he does now. And there is nothing that you’ve done that will ever make him love you less. Isn’t that amazing? We should be amazed by God’s love! It is totally undeserved. It is totally unmerited. It’s not something we can earn. It is not something we can work to obtain. It’s God’s free gift to you and me.

As a follower of Jesus, you may make mistakes this Christmas. It’s a busy and stressful time. Sometimes, we spend time with family and friends that we don’t spend much time with the rest of the year, and relationships can come under pressure. Often, things will go wrong when we want it all to be perfect. The good news is that God doesn’t get angry with us. He always acts in love, mercy, and grace.

We can celebrate God’s grace this Christmas, knowing that when we mess up, he will respond with mercy and we can hope.

THINK IT OVER

Think about the following:

•          Is it difficult for you to accept God’s love, mercy, and grace? Why?