“Merry Christmas!” I am so thrilled that it is OK to say “Merry Christmas” again. Wherever I go – the bank, the grocery store, the gas station – everybody is saying it! It is like they are trying out a new toy. Smiles are big. Joy is in the air. This is what Christmas should be like.
After all, we are celebrating the beginning of the best thing God ever did. He sent His Son to rescue us and bring us into a relationship with Him. And, to add to the good news, He has prepared a “forever-home” for us in heaven. I love that! Celebrating Jesus’ birth is bigger than a big deal and I am going to say “Merry Christmas” more than ever in celebration.
Of all the things that Jesus came to do for us, I value the unexplainable peace He gives. His peace can be in our hearts all of the time, no matter what is going on around us.
Do you know that it is possible to be saved and still not feel peace in our hearts? That is because of fear. Fear is a thief who steals our peace. People are aggravated, agitated and mouths are going a mile-a-minute with complaints, accusations and more complaints on top of that. I believe that most of that is rooted in fear. But Jesus came with an answer:
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. ” Jesus said “Not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 See? God’s peace is the remedy for fear.
At Christmas, we celebrate the very first day that Jesus came to live here. He was born as a baby in Bethlehem. That baby was sent with a mission to “seek and save that which was lost.” Like little lambs that went astray, He came to gather us up in His arms and bring us safely home. No strings attached, it is a free gift from God. We accept Him as our savior and receive His forgiveness for all of our sins – past, present and future – and then we get loads of fringe benefits from being in His family, too – one of which is peace.
Peace feels really good but how do we get it? We start by thinking about Him – all of the time – and agree with what He says. We must get our eyes off the circumstances and onto the Word of God. As we do, fear leaves and peace floods in. It works for me every time.
All of this has been on my mind because I was feeling anything but peaceful, lately. News junkie that I am, I have discovered that too much “news” is bad news! It had been robbing me of the peace that Jesus came to give. So, I turned off the radio and TV news – for the most-part – and now I think about things that are “good, true, pure, lovely and of a good report.” I am done with listening to the clamor and I have told the newsy scuttlebutt that it has to go. I am tuning in to God’s Word which lifts me up. Try it. It will lift you up, too!
So, “Merry Christmas my friends.” I will be taking a couple of days off to just relax and enjoy. Right now, as I write this, I am looking out the window at the beautiful fluffy white snow coming down. So pretty. Now that is peaceful! I will see you back here in just a few days, Tuesday night to be exact, for our weekly blog hop.
In the meantime, may…
“The Lord bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace!” Numbers 6:24-26
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