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Today is Tifani’s birthday. She is my oldest daughter and I dedicate this post to her. In Romans chapter 12 we find five ways to be, five ways to treat one another and five Do Not’s. Considering and living out these 15 admonitions from Paul we can all experience happier birthdays, merrier Christmas’s and happier lives.

The Five Be’s

Be devoted to one another in love.

Be spiritually passionate, serving the Lord.

Be joyful in hope.

Be patient in affliction.

Be faithful in prayer.

Five Ways to Treat One Another

Share with one another.

Rejoice with one another.

Mourn with one another.

Live in harmony with one another.

Live in peace with one another.

Five Do Nots.

Do not be proud.

Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

Do not take revenge.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21

God loves us and wants us to be happy. He inspired Paul to write these words so that we would take them to heart, put them into practice and live in right relationship with God and our fellow human beings. I think of them as 15 gifts  around the birthday cake or presents under the Christmas tree. Each one to be carefully unwrapped, treasured and used daily.

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For the joy that was set before Him, 

God became flesh,

And dwelt among us.

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I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

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I was thirsty, and you gave me living water.

John 4:10,14

I was hungry, and you gave me the bread of life.

John 6:27,35

I was naked, and you gave me a garment of praise.

Isaiah 61:3

I was a stranger, and you adopted me.

Romans 8:14-16

I was sick and you healed me of all my diseases.

Psalm 103:3

I was in prison and you set me free.

Luke 4:18

christmas6God, open the eyes of our hearts to get a glimpse

of the height and depth and length and width of your

immense love for us,

and then help us to spread it around.

 

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If Christ is in our hearts then Christmas is in our hearts.

 

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God loves us and wants us to be happy –

Christmas season and all year round!

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Reminds me of something Jesus said.