Letters of Love Designs

Scripture reading:
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. - KJV

Thoughts to ponder- 
In scripture, joy is an inner result of our outward expression of our relationship with God in service to those around us. God sent Jesus to live with us and eventually to die on the cross for "the joy set before Him".  It was His outward expression of the Father's love for us.  Our reconciliation to a personal relationship with God was the joy Christ was willing to leave heaven for, to live and be tempted as we are and to ultimately die for in service to us while we were still undeserving. "Good tidings of great joy"! 

In like manner, we are to be in such a close relationship with the Father and Christ that we experience joy in serving others and revealing God's glory to them.  Joy is all about what God has done and is continuing to do in our lives and the lives of those He loves.   Joy differs from happiness in the sense that happiness is often rooted in our circumstances, our personal desires and hopes. To truly experience the calm delight of  joy, we must look beyond our selves and our hardships and walk closely with God for the sake of His purposes.  

Christmas is a difficult season for many, let’s do our best to be so full of joy that it overflows to those around us.

Challenge/Action Step- 
Since God puts people in our live for a reason take a minute to think about the people you know that are the most joyful, how are they different from other people you know and what can you learn from them?  Ask God to reveal to you ways you can practice joy and make a list of the things He shows you.  Please share one of those things with us in the comments below.

Prayer for today-

Jesus, Lord of all,  thank you for coming to this earth as a child, living like as we do but without sin, and dying on the cross for us.  I pray today that you would give us a deep understanding of your great love for us .  Help us to know the joy of making a difference in the lives of others for your glory. ~ Amen

Many Blessings to you and your families this Christmas Season,
Cherry Fargo
Being ReMade

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