An article I read recently said this, “one Christmas I read a newspaper article written by a reporter who had been searching for the meaning of ‘the Christmas spirit.’ When he concluded his quest, he rated this answer as the best: ‘It’s in your heart. It feels warm and glowy. You can’t buy it, and you can’t get it from anybody else.’ That’s the popular concept of “the Christmas spirit”—it’s inside us. We just have to “get” it.” (Schafer, Dan, What is Christmas Spirit)
So how would you define the Christmas Spirit? How do you get into the Christmas Spirit?
Read Galatians 5:22-25
In Galatians, we find the Fruit of the Spirit. These are fruits of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We can cultivate these fruits but the Holy Spirit is God and a gift from God. Its kind of like the answer someone gave about the spirit of Christmas. The Holy Spirit is living in our hearts, guiding, directing, and gifting us with God’s presence. And the result of that presence is that we are filled with “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Think back to the beginning of this week: What is the best gift you have ever been given? Now compare that to the gift of the Holy Spirit and the result of Him living in your heart. How would you describe that gift?
How does the Holy Spirit give you joy this Holiday season? How can you continue to cultivate the fruit of joy? How can you share this fruit of the Spirit?
Light the candle of Joy (the pink one)
Pray: Father, we thank you for the warm and joyful feelings we have during the Advent and holiday season. We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit that lives in us. Fill us with your Spirit and help us to cultivate the fruit of Joy. Grant us opportunities to share that joy with others. Amen.