A season for good deeds
December 6, 2018 10:08am CST
Seems like at Christmas, many people feel more charity in their hearts and try to do more good deeds. This is a wonderful way to show love and kindness. And we should. It's a grand way to celebrate the birth of Christ, showing that we appreciate the best gift that's ever been given to mankind. But in the second chapter of the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul wrote, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God---not by works, so that no one can boast." We can't earn our salvation, no matter how many good deeds we perform. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ, in his death and resurrection. If we could be "good enough" and work hard enough to enter a holy heaven, then Christ's sacrifice wouldn't have been necessary. My point is: Show all the love and kindness you can this holiday season. Celebrate the birth of our Savior. Be giving and loving and generous. But don't think all this will gain you entrance into heaven. John 14:6 reads, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Celebrate His birth. Accept His amazing gift of life. Your life will be gloriously changed forever.
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Very well said Vicki! Many get lost in the commercialism of Christmas, which is fine, but don't forget the other more important reason we celebrate this wonderful holiday season. Here is a quote I found about human kindness I really like: "My philosophy is that the most important aspect of any religion should be human kindness. And to try to ease the suffering of others. To try to bring light and love into the lives of mankind." Steven Seagal There should be no ulterior motive for acts of kindness-DB
• Anniston, Alabama
I agree 100%. I don`t know verse and chapter but I know it reads somewhere, "God wants us to love one another." This time of the year people take advantage of those who give and I always get mad about it. I try to help those in need but I do it more for the people I know, Like my tenants or the homeless.