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Christmas Dec 19

Thursday, December 19th. The Third Week of Advent where we are celebrating JOY. 

THE ABUNDANCE OF GOD

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . ." GALATIANS 5:22 RSV

We come to God . . . because none of us have it within ourselves, except momentarily, to be joyous. . . .

We try to get it through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, . . . sing songs, . . . but that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic constitution. The effects are extremely temporary. . . .

We cannot make ourselves joyful. Joy cannot be commanded, purchased, or arranged. But there is something we can do. We can decide to live in response to the abundance of God and not under the dictatorship of our own poor needs.

(Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience) 

This devotional is taken from Jesus, Light of the World and is available to download for free https://www.faithgateway.com/free-christmas-advent-devotions-registration" target="_blank">here.

Otherwise, enjoy it here.


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