Mormon missionaries came to my house last week and invited me to watch a Christmas message on-line. Entitled “The First Gift of Christmas,” this short two and half minute You Tube video gives a heartwarming message that attempts to incorporate John 3:16. (www.mormon.org/christmas)
One of the greatest blessings God gives us is His presence. We are given the promise that Christ lives in us – by which we are sustained, strengthened, and bear fruit for His glory. Too often, however, we get in the way. Our sinful pride suffocates God’s presence and Self reigns instead of His glory. In God’s wisdom and love, He prunes our lives to remove the dead branches so that we may bear abundant fruit. God chooses to discipline us out of His great love.