Forgiveness At Christmas Time

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. ~ Matthew 1:18-19

The birth of Jesus came with many miracles and controversies. The biggest or greatest one being Mary becoming pregnant of the Holy Spirit. In other words, Mary was still a virgin when she became pregnant.

Now, Joseph, her fiancé, knew that he had never had sexual relations with her, and now she is pregnant. There was only one answer, Mary had been unfaithful to him. She had done what ought not to be done. But even though his pride was hurt, and his heart was broken, even though it felt like his whole world was crashing in on him because of Mary’s promiscuity, he did not lash out.

When people get their feelings hurt, these days, they want the person who is responsible to hurt just as bad, if not more. But not Joseph. Why? Because Joseph was a righteous man. The Scriptures call him a just man; therefore, he was unwilling to shame her as she had seemingly shamed him.

The lesson here is, do not unto them as they have done unto you. Act justly. Act righteously, and God will bless you. So, this Christmas season, forgive those who have sinned against you, and God will see it and bless you for it.

Father, forgive me as I forgive those who have hurt me and said and done all manner of evil against me. Help me to live just and righteous; in Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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