Matthew 1:20-23—…an angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
This is God’s story of forgiveness and restoration. Jesus was sent to restore the relationship between Him and humanity. We couldn’t do it on our own, but He truly desired a relationship with us. So He sent Jesus to unwrap His kindness on us so that we wouldn’t have to live apart from Him.
All of us have someone in our lives who we need to restore a relationship with. During the holidays, when many of us gather together with extended family, we often fake it. We behave like everything is okay, but in our hearts, we are bitter Our actions might fool those around us, but God doesn’t look to what we do on the outside. He sees our hearts, our true feelings.
It’s easy to stay in a broken relationship, but it takes courage to take a step towards restoration. God didn’t just stand by and let our relationship with Him stay the same; He provided a way for us to come back to Him. If we’re serious about wanting to restore a relationship with someone, we have to look inward towards our own hearts and ask what we can do instead of dwelling on the other person should do.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Every fiber in our being tells us not to do anything, to wait for the other person to make the first move. But as Christ followers we are called to forgive as we have been forgiven.
Realize what God has done for you and what lengths He went to to forgive you. God demonstrated this for us when He sent Christ to die for us, the people who have sinned against Him over and over again. So make the first move and take a step of audacity towards restoration and forgiveness.