The C3 December theme is “Celebrating Christ.” As we enter the Christmas season, we experience those in our circle of influence that have many different perspectives of Christmas. Some enjoy the season and have great memories; others have a negative view, and the range of emotion others experience during the Christmas season cover the spectrum.
With the busyness of the season and the pressures of the world surrounding us, it is easy to allow others to rob our Christmas joy. Whether we enter the season with negative or positive emotions, we can experience the love, peace, and joy that is found in a relationship with Jesus as we stay focused on Him.
The Love of the Father
God’s plan from the beginning of creation was to make man in His image and walk with us as we experience life on earth in relationship with Him. However, He gave us a free will to choose and our choice was to disobey Him and allow sin into the world, which separated us from the relationship He intended for us to have with Him. The ultimate act of love was provided by our Heavenly Father when He gave us the gift of Jesus to take away our sins due to our poor choices. The Apostle John tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This is the gift that should be celebrated throughout the year as we understand the gift of Jesus is the one gift that allows us to leave our sin and shame on the cross and have an intimate and abundant relationship with our Heavenly Father, as we were intended to have from the beginning of creation. Many times, we allow the cares of the world to take away our joy and we miss out on the peace that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus.
The Peace of the Son
The Son of God knew the perils of life on earth as He walked as a human and experienced the evil and temptation, but was sinless. He warns us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” The abundant life Jesus is talking about is possible only as we turn from the world and seek Him.
The peace Jesus desires for us He describes in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” This peace is found as we accept the Love of the Father through the gift of His Son and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. We are promised an advocate who will help us on the journey of life: the Holy Spirit. Jesus gives us this promise in John 14:15-16, “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.”
The Joy of the Spirit
To experience the love, joy, and peace we are pursuing as Christians, we must embrace the love of the Father, the gift of His Son, and allow the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit through our lives. The Apostle Paul describes this in Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
The Apostle Paul summarizes the love, peace, and joy we are discussing in this blog beautifully in Romans 8:14-16, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
Join me this Christmas season as we intentionally pursue the love, joy, and peace we experience through an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May each of you be blessed and be a blessing to others as we make our world a better place and glorify Jesus throughout the year.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.