Christmas, 2014

It’s Christmas. It’s the celebration of God giving Jesus to the world for eventual sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. So to me, Christmas is about forgiveness.

A lot has transpired this year. Things I never thought would happen and couldn’t imagine. This has been a year of great tests and pain. A year of decisions, regret, anger, pain, hurt, guilt, and sadness.

The wins have been few and far between this year. I look forward to 2015 being better. That is my hope.

Back to forgiveness. Forgiving someone who has hurt you deeply will probably be one of the hardest things you will ever do. The freedom that you will feel when you finally forgive will be worth all the pain and effort it requires. This forgiveness can only come with the help of the Lord.

In a very real spiritual sense, the greatest gift that we have received from Heavenly Father is the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. His sacred Atonement was the supreme act of forgiveness.

As we prayerfully contemplate the Christmas gifts that we want to give, there may be some to whom we should consider giving lasting gifts that do not cost money, nor need expensive wrapping or ribbons. All they need is the gift of our love, the gift of our tolerance, the gift of our heart, the gift of our understanding, the gift of our charity, the gift of our good example, the gift of our kindness, the gift of our generosity, the gift of our speaking well of them, the gift of our being more patient with them, the gift of not holding grudges, the gift of our time, the gift of selfless service in lifting them up, the gift of our friendship, the gift of our caring, and the gift of our forgiveness to them. These are what I call ”good and perfect gifts” as mentioned in James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

What better time would there be to give the gift of forgiveness to one who has wronged us than at Christmas time? What better time would there be for us to heal a family with forgiveness than at Christmas time—when it is so badly needed?

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