This is a season of celebration and merriment. People are preoccupied with activities to celebrate Christmas. That’s alright; there’s nothing wrong about it, only don’t allow the celebration to lead you into sinning against God and fellow men.

But as you are busy enjoying yourself, I like you to put the following, that I titled Lessons from Christmas, to heart:

1. Forgiveness

Christmas speaks about the forgiveness of God. Mankind offended God in the Garden of Eden when Adam chose to disobey God, thereby sinning against Him. But God did not abandon man to sin and its grave consequences, which ultimately is eternal separation from God. God decided rather to forgive man, and this He demonstrated by sending Jesus Christ the Son of God to come into the world to rescue lost man. The Bible commanded us to do the same: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32.

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13.

Lesson: We should learn to forgive others who offend us also.

2. Giving

Christmas is the ultimate demonstration of the love of God to mankind. God demonstrated this love by giving His only begotten Son Jesus for us.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Lesson: We should learn to give sacrificially for the good of others. Don’t be selfish, and don’t live for self only.

3. Self Denial

Jesus, who had always lived with the Father in heaven (Micah 5:2) and in perfect glory (John 17:5) left His glory in heaven and came to this world of sin, hunger, hardship, sorrow for the sake of His mission and His Father’s business. For that magnanimous act of self denial, He has become highly exalted and His name above every other name, whether in heaven or on earth. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 9-11.

Lesson: Most of the time, greatness or success is found outside your comfort zone.

4. Don’t Give Up Easily on Yourself or Others

Mankind had forsaken God. God on His part had sent several prophets to him to call him back to no avail. In many cases he refused to listen to the peophets and even killed many of them for daring to preach righteousness and calling him back to God. But God did not give up on him in spite of all these. And, ultimately He sent His best, His only begotten Son to him (man). Today, multiplied millions all over the world have been saved and rescued through that singular act of God.

Lesson: Don’t give up easily on yourself or others. Have you tried and failed several times? It doesn’t matter; try again. Have people disappointed you times without number? Don’t give up on them easily; for God did not give up on you easily, otherwise Jesus Christ wouldn’t have come to the world.

5. Don’t be afraid to take reasonable risk

It was a big risk that God took when He sent His Son into the world to come and die for the sins of the world. What if mankind had not listened to Him? What if they had not believed in the price/sacrifice he paid on their behalf? What if His death was in vain? God was aware of the wickedness of the heart of men and how they had denied the messengers He had sent to them in the past, but in spite if this, He still sent His Son into the world. It was a great risk.The Bible gives the story of four lepers who took a great risk and how they were eventually rewarded (2Kings 7:3-8).

Lesson: Don’t be afraid of taking reasonable risk; of trying something new; of exploring new grounds; of going to new places; of investing your resources. Somebody said that life itself is a risk, so don’t be afraid of taking risk that may bring great rewards if it clicks. What if I lose? You’re not alone; every great achiever had lost one time or the other.

6. Parents should love and care for their children.

God is our heavenly Father and we can see how much He loves us that He had to send His only begotten Son into the world for our sake.

Lesson: Parents should reciprocate the love of God to their children and be ready to make great sacrifices for their sake.

God bless you

By Aghedo R. Uyi