Saturday, December 13, 2014

Keeping the Spirit of Christ

When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.

"There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.

"Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.

"Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence. Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be. Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave is victory. We will live again because He came. Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life"
                                                                    -President Thomas S. Monson
                                                                     2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional

The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father "so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.

4 comments:

  1. I cannot think of another time to have the Spirit of Christ than this time of year. It seems as though we are so caught up in coordinating family gatherings or finding that perfect gift for someone that we tend to forget to think of the eternal gift which was given to even one of us. I know that as we strive to be more like Christ this month and every day throughout the year, we will have more peace in our lives and pure joy.

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  2. I love this quote from President Monson. Because God gave His only begotten Son, there is meaning to our mortal existence. That is so beautifully worded. My purpose in life is to obtain Eternal Salvation and Everlasting Happiness. In order to achieve that, I need to give my time and talents to bringing the Kingdom of God on Earth. By having this goal become my number one priority, I know I can become a better servant to my Heavenly Father. Thank you for this beautiful article. It has motivated me to become better. Thank you.

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  3. Without the Spirit of Christ in the world; darkness, drudgery and deceit would abound. Peace would be nonexistent, crime would rule and hate would be the norm. Envy, strife and malice would replace contentment, peace and benevolence. Fortunately, although despair and hatred do prevail on Earth to an extent, there is also much hope and love. Let us all strive to increase the peace this Christmas by allowing the Spirit of Christ to fill our hearts and warm our interactions.

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  4. I love this quote that "As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year." Even though we focus on Christ especially during Christmas time as we celebrate his birth, we should focus on him all year round and as we do this we will be happier and have more peace not just at Christmas time but all throughout the year.

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