“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
The Christmas season is in full swing! Houses are decorated with festive lights, gifts are under the tree and Christmas music seems to be playing wherever you go. With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas, it may seem as though real life is put on hold for a while.
However, for some, Christmas brings about challenges. When we are faced with tough circumstances during the holiday season, life may seem to be anything but peaceful. For example, you might feel the pressure to accommodate difficult family members or buy things you cannot afford. Or, you may even struggle with feelings of loneliness during the holiday season.
No matter what your circumstance may be, remember that the only way we can find true peace is through Christ. John 16:33 says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
In addition, it is important to acknowledge the challenges others may be facing during this season. The best thing we can do for those who are struggling is to show them Christ-like love when they need it most. John 13:34-35 says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
In the end, it is important to focus on the real meaning behind the Christmas season. Remember that while situations here on Earth may cause us stress, we can find true peace when we turn our focus to Christ and His great love for us.
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