She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
This year has been a difficult Christmas for so many…with big or little disappointments or even tragedies. It wasn’t very long ago when my husband and I were going through a dark Christmas with the loss of our Joshua. Something to keep focused on and to hold dear is that Christmas is Jesus coming to earth from pure perfection for the sole purpose of saving us. Trust Him. Believe in Him. Accept His gift of forgiveness. Repent and give yourself to Him. He is all that any of us will ever need.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.