Christmas - Joy - Day 21

Opening Prayer: 

Father, I come before you on bent knees and a humbled spirit. I thank you for giving me yet another opportunity to get into your word. I pray, Lord, that as I read, your words will speak truth to me and that I will find joy in you and you alone. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 Read: Romans 12:12-16, NIV

“12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”


As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, a co-heir to God’s kingdom, how do you live? How do people that aren’t any of these things see you live? If you are one of these things, you are all these things. You are all these things because of your salvation, your hope in the personhood of Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross for you and for me. In that we should have great joy and live according to that joy. Our joy in the Lord should be expressed to ALL people, even if it’s at our own expense and especially if it contradicts the world.

 In these verses, the Apostle Paul is laying out how the Christians in Rome were to live. Because of the joy of their salvation, the world would see and know what it looks like when Jesus resides in one’s heart.

 Two thousand years later, Jesus tells us this is how WE should live and how it looks when he resides in OUR hearts.


As you celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gift of salvation, don’t allow your celebration to be confined to just your church or around the Christmas tree in your family room. Allow the whole world to see your celebration everywhere you go; in all you say and in all you do. Consider your joy a gift and give it away to all you come in contact with. Find someone specific you know who is hurting this Christmas season and offer them the gift that lasts an eternity! Let them know just how much you love them and better yet, how much Jesus loves them!


Closing Prayer: 

Oh, Heavenly Father, I cannot say thank you enough for your love and for the hope I have in your son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray, Lord, that as I walk in this world, that joy will be seen by all. Fill me with that joy, that I will freely give it as you did to me. I love you Father! Thank you for your Son. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Terry Schneider