Christmas means different things to different people. One perspective of the true meaning of Christmas is the gift of God emanating from the love of God. Love is the strongest force in the world. Love is so huge that it is equated to God Himself. That is why the Word of God says that God is Love.
One of the major lessons of Christmas is to teach us how to love unconditionally. Love is both empowering and liberating. Love unites, love heals, love forgives, love rewards, love blesses, love protects, love builds up. True love is sacrificial and endures long. Love is not discriminatory, partial or self-serving.
• True love will always project kindness.
• True love will not project pride and arrogance.
• True love will project service to family and community.
• True love will not project harm and danger to others, but will rather bear the burdens of others.
Christmas is a season to reflect on true love as demonstrated by God Himself, who came among us to show us how to live our lives accountably.
Christmas should not be an opportunity for us to demonstrate our propensity to be wild, carefree and rascally – displaying our wealth and achievements to the amazement of those who care to see.
Rather, it is a great time of family and community reunion, a time for stock-taking on how we are coming along in our responsibilities in the family and the community. How well do we understand the lesson of love that God demonstrated some two thousand years ago? If we do understand it well, why should there be any more incidents of grave vices like murder, robbery, kidnappings, rape, domestic violence and the like, in our society? These issues deserve serious consideration from all of us at this time.
Christmas is a time of reflection, in addition to all the rejoicing, felicitations and celebrations. As we reflect on these things let us pray for better understanding and greater commitment to the divine will of God.
Our guest speaker this weekend, Dr. Stephanie Oarhe, is a distinguished lady and a subject-matter expert on true love. She is the host of Heart to Heart Relationship Talk Show and True Love Relationship Conference. She’ll be sharing with us her insights on the True Meaning of Christmas. Please enjoy the episode.
Our great Rivers people, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families. And God bless Rivers State.
Her Excellency, Justice (Mrs.) Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike
The Wife of the Governor of Rivers State and
Initiator of the RivEthics Character Development Programme.
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below