How to Keep Christmas

. . . keep your heart on the right path  Proverbs 23:19 (NIV)

In the closing statement of Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge was said to “know how to keep Christmas well, if any man possessed the knowledge.” Dickens draws our attention to something important. We should know how to “keep Christmas well.” The Bible tells us how to do this:

Keep God’s covenant (cf. Genesis 17:9, Exodus 19:5).

Keep God’s commandments (cf. Exodus 20:6, Leviticus 22:31, Proverbs 4:4).

Keep God’s decrees and laws (cf. Leviticus 18:5, 19:37, 20:8, 2 Kings 17:37).

Keep away from everything impure (cf. Deuteronomy 23:9).

Keep your tongue from evil (cf. Psalm 34:13, Proverbs 4:24, 1 Peter 3:10).

Keep your lips from speaking lies (cf. Psalm 34:13).

Keep His way (cf. Psalm 37:34, Proverbs 23:26).

Keep His statutes (cf. Psalm 119:2).

Keep to the paths of the righteous (cf. Proverbs 2:20).

Keep your foot from evil (cf. Proverbs 4:27).

Keep your heart on the right path (cf. Proverbs 23:19).

Keep calm and don’t be afraid (cf. Isaiah 7:4).

Keep God’s name holy (cf. Isaiah 29:23).

Keep watch for the Lord’s return (cf. Matthew 24:42, 25:13).

Keep watch over yourself (cf. Acts 20:28).

Keep your conscience clear before God and man (cf. Acts 24:16).

Keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord (cf. Romans 12:11).

Keep away from those who cause divisions (cf. Romans 16:17).

Keep in step with the Spirit (cf. Galatians 5:25).

Keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (cf. Ephesians 4:3).

Keep on praying for all the saints (cf. Ephesians 6:18).

Keep yourself pure (cf. 1 Timothy 5:22, James 1:27).

Keep your head in all situations (cf. 2 Timothy 4:5).

Keep on loving each other as brothers (cf. Hebrews 13:1).

Keep your lives free from the love of money (cf. Hebrews 13:5).

Keep yourself from idols (cf. 1 John 5:21).

Keep yourselves in God’s love (cf. Jude 1:21).

Keep God’s Word (cf. Revelation 22:9).

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