Christmas is coming! Can you believe it? I’ve been deep cleaning my house in preparation for our guests to come. Today’s “to do list” consists of making an assortment of cookies to give as Christmas gifts while watching Christmas movies throughout the day. We have Christmas Eve services to get ready for, too! This is a very busy time of year. It ALSO exposes quite a bit of darkness. Have you noticed?
Almost everyday this week my husband has told me of at least one instance where someone was being selfish. He only had a handful of items at Costco and two times in two separate transactions, someone cut him off to the line with a cart full of items, not stopping to even consider letting him go first since he would have taken 5 mins to check out. Last night, someone was angry at an intersection, even though he didn’t have the right of way and sped up towards my husband honking as Brian was making a turn.
Darkness = anger, selfishness, pride, control, deceit, envy, worry, anxiety, hate, gossip, frustration, gluttony, etc… However, Jesus came into this world so that He might give Light to world. Jesus said,“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”- John 8:12. Isn’t it interesting that every Christmas when we are suppose to be celebrating His birth, darkness fights it? It seems like Christmas exposes so much more darkness in those who do not walk in His light than at other times in the year. I know that when I let the darkness seep into my way of thinking, Christmas becomes more like a chore and a pressure, instead of an amazing opportunity to expose darkness and spread light wherever I go and in whatever I do.
I was listening to Kim Cash Tate’s devotional scope on Periscope this morning (you can find out more about her by going to her website: http://www.kimcashtate.com) She reminded me how important it is to stay away from the darkness and expose it for what it is with the light of Jesus’s Holy Spirit in my heart.
What are some ways as followers of Jesus, can we spread His love this Christmas? We need to fight back the darkness with the fruit of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
So let us be challenged today to combat the spirit of darkness with the light of Jesus through as many ways as possible this Christmas, spreading what the world really needs more than any Christmas card, or gift, or money, or food, or a raise; instead, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The only way we can do this is by daily keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. He will help us.
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