This past Sunday night, Holli and I went to a Christmas musical at FBC Marietta. This was our third year to attend it. They have a full orchestra and choir and it is beautiful!
Christmas music is about hope. It tells us of the birth of Jesus and the hope that Jesus brings. In the time Jesus was born, the Jews were looking for hope. They had been promised that God would send a Messiah and God did. The Messiah would bring them hope.
But, do we have peace and hope? II John 3 says, “Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.” John says, “Grace, mercy and peace….”
Are we experiencing grace, mercy and peace? Are we experiencing grace? Grace means love and forgiveness. Are we loving? Are we forgiving?
What about mercy? Mercy means caring for others. Showing mercy to others. Is their bitterness between you and someone else? Is their bitterness between you and a Christian brother or sister? If so, then we are not experiencing grace or mercy.
What about hope? Are we experiencing hope?
Grace, mercy and hope. Christ gives us all those. But are we experiencing them? If we aren’t, we can.
Today, be a person of grace and mercy. Help someone. If you have a problem with someone, talk with them. Don’t let bitterness linger.
Think about the lyrics of the Christmas music…
“Silent night, Holy night..
All is calm…”
Is it “calm” in your life or, is bitterness raging?
“Hark the Herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king..
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled…”
Is their peace in your life? Have you received Christ and been reconciled to God?
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and that can give us mercy, grace and peace. May those things be real in our lives.