"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'" Luke 2:10-11.
The angel in the Gospel of Luke shared the good news that will cause great joy for the people. This week allow the joy of Jesus to resonate in your heart, then spread it to others. Here are a few ways you can spread the joy of Jesus this Christmas season:
Spread Joy Through Acts of Kindness: Galatians 5:22 reminds us that joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. During the Christmas season, consider engaging in simple acts of kindness—whether it's surprising a neighbor with a thoughtful gesture, volunteering at a local charity, or sending handwritten notes of encouragement. Acts of kindness not only bring joy to others but also enrich our own lives.
The Joy of Giving: Inspired by the ultimate gift of God's love through the birth of Jesus, we can find joy in giving to others. In Acts 20:35, Jesus reminds us, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Whether it's sharing gifts, time, or resources, the act of giving amplifies the joy of the season.
Expressing Joy Through Worship and Reflection: Psalm 100:2 encourages us to "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. "Take time for personal reflection. Sing Christmas carols at home and in church. Communal worship allows joy to resonate in your heart.
Creating Joyful Traditions: engage in festive activities. my church had a women’s mug exchange. I joined some friends in a cookie exchange. My husband and I attend Christmas concerts, plays and musicals. We drive around seeing Christmas lights. Christmas is a month of celebration. Every week we do something that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas traditions become anchors for the joyous spirit of the season. Proverbs 17:22 states, "A joyful heart is good medicine."
Connecting Through Shared Joy: Joy is contagious and sharing it with others fosters a sense of connection and community. Romans 15:13 encapsulates this sentiment: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." I surprised elderly loved one this week with a visit, fellowship and gifts. Whether it's organizing community events, sharing a festive meal, or simply spreading smiles, the shared experience of joy strengthens the bonds of fellowship.
This week, let your life resonate with joy, echoing the timeless message and presence of Jesus to others.