Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, – 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
I remember as a kid one Christmas, it felt like all my cousins got more presents than I did. I spent the whole holiday pouting because I felt like I didn’t get my fair share of presents. Now, I’m sure that wasn’t the case and that we all got the same amount of gifts, but from my 6-year-old perspective, I was treated unfairly.
That Christmas day was no fun for me because I chose to be unhappy and sad. I could have been thankful that I got presents, but instead I chose to look at what I didn’t have and as a result became very unhappy.
Jesus wants us to experience joy this Christmas. And while you may not get every present you wanted for Christmas, you can still choose to be happy.
Today’s Truth: Jesus came to bring joy to your life
When we let Jesus into our lives, we are filled with joy. But sometimes, we let that joy be silenced by circumstances and things that are going on around us. So today, if you’ve allowed yourself to become unhappy, choose to focus on joy.
Realize that Jesus loves you, and knowing Him is the best present of all. So regardless of the things going on around you and in your life, make this Christmas a season of joy!
but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. – Luke 2:10 (NLT)
The reason Jesus came was to bring good news to the world. What is this good news? It is that God wants to restore relationship between mankind and Himself. He wants peace between us and Him. God doesn’t want sin getting in the way of us having a relationship with Him.
This is why Jesus came, to remove the sin that separated mankind from truly knowing Him. The only way God could remove this sin was to have Jesus come as our perfect sacrifice. He came as a baby born of a women but His Father was God. By doing this, He could legally take our place on the cross and completely be made sin for us.
Thank God for Jesus! This is the good news of the Christmas story. Knowing this removes all fear and brings great joy to those who grasp an understanding of what Jesus did for them!
Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,singing and praising the lord with music. – Psalm 27:6
What do you do when you have a bad day? There are lots of different things that you can do to help you get over a bad day. However, this Bible verse tells us one awesome way to beat the bad day blues.
Today’s Bible verse talks about singing and praising the lord with music. There’s something about singing and praising God that helps you get in a better mood. It doesn’t matter if you don’t sing well or can play an instrument. Just grab your mp3 player and enjoy worshiping God.
Worshiping God is one of the best things you can do when you have a bad day. So if you’re having a bad day, choose to sing to God. It will help you begin to enjoy your day and get your focus on God and all He’s done for you.