Random header image... Refresh for more!

How To Honor Jesus At Christmastime

As Christmas approaches, it’s important – as we rush around for gifts – to remember that the best way to honor the person, message and memory of Jesus is to be kind to others.

Above all things, Jesus was kind. He taught forgiveness (forgive 70 times 7) and urged everyone to stop judging each other (judge not lest ye be judged). His message was that we should learn to love everyone and everything in the world because that will allow God to heal your heart, your life, and the world.

That is a pretty amazing promise. Yet it’s not easy to give up our fears and resentments and blaming. It’s not easy to give up pointing the finger at others and saying, “It’s them – over there – who are doing wrong.” It’s no wonder people fall into judging and complaining, calling others evil, and wanting to punish others even for petty annoyances. It’s so much easier than loving, isn’t it?

So if you find yourself irritated or ready to blame anyone for anything – whether that’s a clerk in a store, a driver on the road, or someone in the government – stop. Remember that is not what Jesus taught.

What Jesus Taught

Jesus taught that we are to bless everyone, everywhere – and without exception. He did not tell us to go out and show others the error of their ways. He said, instead, to remove the motes from our own eyes so we could perceive our own errors.

He did not say to take revenge, but said that if a man forces you to walk one mile with him, walk with him two.

He did not tell us to go out and kill others on his behalf or act the part of a wrathful God – as some people seem to believe – but told us to love on his behalf.

Remember the words attributed to him in Matthew 5:46-47?

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do so? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so.”

Yet, when you choose to love and bless others who are strangers – or even “enemies” – he says this:

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

So what is the true meaning of Christmas – and the hope embedded in celebrating it? It is that individuals like you and me will choose to radiate the love of God upon humanity as we live our everyday lives. It is that we will awaken to the possibility of perfect happiness through choosing love over fear and forgiveness over revenge.

That was the message of salvation brought to us by Jesus Christ, and it was a message with the power – if we take it seriously – to lift us out of hate, want and war and change the world into a haven. It’s why Jesus was born and why he lived.

As to why he allowed himself to be crucified, that was to demonstrate that there is no death. Consider that the reason people are selfish or cruel or violent is because they think this is it – this is the only life they will ever have. They then feel they have to protect their one life or  get an advantage over others,  even if it means killing or cheating someone.

When we really understand – in our guts – that we are eternal beings who do not die – when we realize that we only shed our human bodies like skins – then there is no reason for fear, hate or violence because there is nothing to defend. No one can kill you. Yes, your body can be killed – and it will eventually die – but the core of who you are and your awareness of being alive can never be killed. You go on after this life. Forever.

The truth is that you have an eternity of experiences awaiting you. You don’t have to pack everything into this one life, nor could you. So do your best to be kind to the harried sales clerk. Let the guy in the pickup truck – who wants to pass you – go by and bless him as he does. Likewise, bless all that irritates you. Wish everyone well, even those you think are “evil.” Bless them all and let the peace and love of God fill you up this holiday season.

Do that and you will be honoring Jesus, and living the true spirit and meaning of Christmas.

Lifting personal and world energies since 2003.

Be Sociable, Share!


There are no comments yet...

On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate this post? If it is not a 10 what would it take to make a 10?

Leave a Comment