Yesterday, I was waiting in a long line at the post office. I was next in line and heard the woman in front of me, who was approximately my age, talk rudely to the clerk. She was unkind and berated the employee. She never even used the common courtesy of saying please or thank you. I have noticed this frequently the last few days. A basic lack of kindness or manners. I don’t know if it’s the created busyness of the holidays, the entitled feeling many people feel, or something else altogether.
I do not know this woman’s spiritual state, yet, as I left I felt indignant and was struck by the fact that Jesus came to earth to die for people just like her. He came to offer imperfect people the free gifts of: the forgiveness of their sins, His perfect righteousness, and the hope of heaven. How could God give His Son for such rude and unkind people? Then, I looked at myself. How could God give His only Son for a horrible person like me? That’s Christmas! The gift of undeserved grace and redemption. Thank you Jesus!
For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16