December 17, 2017

It's the Season for Hope


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”—Galatians 5:22, 23 (KJV)

It’s my ongoing mission to promote optimism. I’m here to empower people, including myself.

Christmas is a perfect time to renew our belief in a brighter future. It’s the occasion for using the fruits of the Spirit, as listed above.


These are the attributes we celebrate at this time of year.   Individuals want to fill their minds with faith-producing light. Our hearts are softened. For at least a short time, we might allow ourselves to set aside…
  • Political or celebrity scandals
  • Websites that sell unnecessary $500 products by promoting fear
  • Terror- or anger-producing news or reality shows

What are we looking for?

Roses have thorns. Even if our lives aren’t perfect (and whose is?), we still want…
  • Hallmark Channel movies that have a guaranteed happy ending despite the odds.
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales that end happily, unlike the original stories upon which they’re based.

It’s hard not to smile and think optimistically when we see images such as those posted above. They remind us of the most important fact of life: Good wins in the end because of Jesus’ life and resurrection.  Let’s examine the main facet of the Savior’s life:

Charity

This word means much more than giving time or goods to the needy. In 1 Corinthians,   chapter 13, it is translated from the Greek word for the highest form of love agape. which means unconditional love.

Optimism is a choice many people make during the holiday season. Why is that? The season is about Jesus, and our Lord is all about love. He IS love, without boundaries. We can’t fully celebrate His season if we’re full of doubt, hate, fear, or anger.

 NOTE: The following table is formulated entirely from 1 Corinthians, chapter 13.

It’s more important than…
Attributes
Brilliant powers of speech
Long-suffering
Faith
Kind
Knowledge
Humble
Prophecy
Rejoices in truth
Hope
Bear, believes, hopes, and endures all things
Desire to give to the poor
Never fails
Understanding of spiritual mysteries
Not self-centered

Conclusion

The true Spirit of Christmas boils down to one word, agape, as exemplified by Christ. This divine characteristic is specifically manifest through the fruits of the spirit, as mentioned in Galatians, chapter 5.

Love and spiritual light go together. That’s why the holiday season gives us a chance to rise above our troubles, if only momentarily.

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How are you giving and receiving agape?