Aren’t you glad that God isn’t like Santa Claus? The Lord doesn’t make a list of those who are naughty and nice. It’s a good thing, too. If He did, there wouldn’t be anyone on the “nice” list. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Fortunately for us, God is loving and forgiving. “If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness…” (Psalm 130:3‑4).
Because Jesus came to earth as a baby, lived a perfect life and then took our punishment on the cross, you and I can live forgiven. “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:4‑9).
Rejoice this Christmas season! Your sins are forgiven because of Christ Jesus!
The gifts He gives last more than a lifetime. They last for eternity!