Through Christ we have a relationship with God. At one time in my life I had a religion with God, it’s not the same. You feel empty, you feel like you are never going to do enough or gain enough favor from him. You mess up and you pray for forgiveness. You are afraid others will call you out on your sin and then hide it even more. Then you slip and think if I do this or that, I’ll make my way into His Kingdom. It’s tiring and unproductive. Religion is cold, lonely and dark.
Christ’s love releases you from that worn out path of religion. He knows you messed up, will mess up, and he doesn’t shame you in it, but instead he forgives you, constantly. His love and forgiveness is never ending. All you do is ask Him for it and it’s done. With this type of forgiveness, you become victorious over anything that you need to overcome. Because when you have a relationship with Christ, you come to Him raw. You bear your heart to Him, because you trust Him. You understand and somewhat grasp what all He has done for you. Although, His love is unfathomable, you know deep down that it’s real and it’s there inside you. He knows you better than you know yourself. His love becomes greater than any sin that had power over you before. He knows if you are having a bad day, if you feel awful, and yet He doesn’t close the door on you. He’s there to listen, comfort you, and reassure you that He’s beside you. A relationship is warm, comfortable, and light.
Anytime you have a close relationship with someone, you start to show little bits of their personality in your own. I think it happens that way because you spend so much time with that person that they really do rub off on you. That’s how it’s supposed to be with Christians, we should have such an awesome relationship with Him that we begin to show bits of who He is. His light is in us and we should be shining it out of us. His light is love. He doesn’t love the world; He loves those who reside in the world. He loves people, he doesn’t discriminate, he doesn’t choose particular types of people, instead He loves all people. Christianity is made into something harder than it actually is. Religion puts Christianity in a big pretty box, wraps it with expensive paper, puts a huge felt bow on it and tags it with, “Don’t touch unless approved by the Almighty.”
Christ came and blended in with people that the religious folks didn’t expect him to be around. This gift of Christ didn’t come wrapped in ribbons lying in a plush cradle. This gift of Christ came swaddled in cloth lying in a manger. This gift of Christ on this day whispered, “I love you and I’m here.”