What gives God joy? Although God created everything, his greatest joy comes from our genuine worship and trust.
Sometimes we feel as if we don’t understand ourselves, what we want, how we feel, what’s wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God’s understanding has no limit, and therefore he understands us fully. Take your mind off yourself and focus it on God. Strive to become more and more like him. The more you learn about God and his ways, the better you will understand yourself.
Advent is a time of preparation before the birth of Christ. How should we prepare? Nothing is emphasized in Scripture more often than offering forgiving love. It’s all part of a Christmas present called God’s grace. Is forgiveness ever easy? Of course not, but it is a vital part of learning to put our complete faith and trust in the One who so graciously forgives us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Oh how I praise you for taking my chains away. May I always be reminded that we need to forgive others because You forgave us. In doing this, we are healed and free. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.
Kelly Jo Stevenson
First UMC, Fairless Hills
December 5, 2015