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COLUMN: Joy to the world, the Lord is come

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By George Smith

Christmas is a stressful time for many people. It may be the crushing grief because of the loss of a loved one, parties to plan, gifts to buy, and meals to cook. Any number of things can bring frustration in this season of the year.

Everyone wants to be happy. Many work hard at happiness – buy things, hobbies, sports, even various addictions. But it is so easy to confuse joy and happiness. Happiness depends on circumstances, or with what is happening. But genuine joy is an inward thing that does not depend on circumstances.

Christ can bring the joy we long for in our lives. When we receive him as our king he provides joy. There is a space in our lives that only God can fill. Our spirit craves a relationship with God and our soul is restless until we allow Christ into our lives.

Receiving Christ is the first step, but we must go ahead to allow him to reign. He must be allowed to take charge of our lives.  If we don’t allow him to reign, we will miss the joy he gives. Someone said: “Joy is the by-product of obedience.” 

We must allow him to rule upon the throne of our lives.

True joy is ours when we receive Christ as our savior, repent of our sins which is a change of mind that leads to a change of action, and we allow him to reign on our heart’s throne.

Joy to the world the Lord is come. Jesus came to provide the sacrifice for our sins upon the cross to make it possible for man and God to have a relationship that had been destroyed by man’s sin and disobedience. But God’s gift must be personally received by each one of us. Our gift must be opened.

May the true joy of Christmas be yours as you receive God’s gift and allow him to reign in your life.