Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Kiss of Righteousness and Peace

Friday, December 5, 2014[1]
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other… Psalm 85:10 (ESV)
God brings us together in love, loyalty, goodness, and peace which result in justice! Love came down at Christmas!
During this time at Advent, we tend to focus on Christ’s birth and all that goes with it.
We look around at the beautiful decorations and pick out the perfect tree. Our kitchens smell of sugar and spice and everything nice. We shop until we drop and then we wrap! Oh the beauty of the packages, the excitement of what’s inside! Christmas music fills the air.
Now that’s interesting! We get so busy focused on “things.” What about us? What is inside of us? Are our hearts filled with the same beauty as the decorations? While we are baking do we have love in our hearts? Are we truly at peace while we are shopping? Exactly what is our focus while we wrap the presents? While singing our favorite carols, do we even listen to the words; are we loyal to our Lord and Savior?
When we discover the truth of “His love” in the midst of “Christmas Chaos”, when we allow our lives to be filled with the Holy Spirit, when we focus on others through the eyes of Christ, we will truly learn this promise of God — Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss … and in such salvation, there is nothing left to protect.
Yes, love came down at Christmas. Allow Him to fill you with that same love.
Pastor Ruth Douglas, Jelloway UMC, Three Rivers District,
East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church

[1] During this blessed season of Advent we will enjoy together daily devotions which are shared by Local Pastors and Associate Members of the United Methodist Church from around the United States.  I had the privilege of participating in this project, and look forward to sharing these daily uplifting thoughts with you over the season from now (Thanksgiving) to January 1st.  Each author will be identified, and we thank them in advance for each contribution.

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