“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair . . .” -Isaiah 61:3a NLT
This life is far from perfect. Bad things happen to everyone. We all get sad, angry, disappointed, overwhelmed, and scared – just to name a few. We humans are prone to many emotions, positive and negative. Some of us are deeply affected by our circumstances and some of us do our best to affect the circumstances. Either way, we are emotional creatures to the point that we even have feelings about our feelings!
I don’t know about you, but I am one who feels things deeply. Some would call me a mercy person, empathetic, or a new term I just learned – an HSP (highly sensitive person). It’s both a blessing and a curse. So, what’s the point here? The point is that we have a cure for the more overwhelming negative emotions. We don’t have to wallow in them (unless of course we just want to), and they don’t have to overwhelm and control us. Jesus is our balm – a soothing, healing balm.
He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, and peace for despair! He came, not only to save us from the penalty of sin, but to help us walk through this life. He gives us peace, comfort, wisdom, all that we need to live a good and godly life. “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” -2 Peter 1:3 NLT
Remember that as a follower of Jesus Christ; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are all yours through the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Use these God-given gifts to spread His love and light this holiday season.
HERE is a little beauty for your day!
Wishing you a beautifully blessed Christmas!