Christmas is over. That warm fuzzy feeling of “goodwill toward men,” seems to be over a bit too quickly as well. The extra attention given and received by family and friends has been wonderful and affirming. But now the tendency is back to business as usual. The routine and obligations of life reassert themselves and somehow the “love, joy and peace” of the season is forgotten.
We tend to associate these three words with Christmas and for good reason. It was for love that the Son of God came to earth. His coming means that peace is now possible between God and man. Could there ever be a more important reason for joy? But the words on this Christmas picture are not only for December 25th.
These same words are part of today’s verse. Love joy and peace are just three of the nine aspects of the fruit of God’s Spirit living in the believer. These are to characterize the life of the one who follows Jesus. The love I have for the Lord is extended to others all year long. The peace I enjoy as a result of my communion with Christ is the same peace that carries me throughout the year. And the joy that He gives in knowing my sins are forgiven is a joy that does not falter in the face of trouble.
The ornament pictured says to “believe Christmas.” It is a nice sentiment but the truth is that belief in the Christ of Christmas is what gives us love, joy and peace all the year long!
Thank you Lord, that though Christmas might be over, Your love, joy and peace remain!