8:1-4“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus.For the law ofthe Spirit of lifehas set youfree in Christ Jesus from the
law of sin and death.ForGod has done what the law,weakened by the flesh,could not do.By sending his own Sonin the likeness of sinful
flesh andfor sin,he condemned sin in the flesh,in
order thatthe righteous requirement of the law might be
fulfilled in us,who walk not according to the flesh but according to
the Spirit.” I just came back from a restful and relaxing vacation cruise to the Mexican Riviera, where I saw some beautiful beaches and seas, met wonderful people, made great new friends, and had some quality time to reflect on life and Christ in this Christmas season. I found this picture explaining so much of what we become in Christ and it both energizes me and humbles me at the same time to think about the gift of God to us in Christ Jesus. Love, joy and peace at not something you can buy, but experience in our relationship with our Heavenly Father God daily and forever. Merry is what Christmas is because of our Lord. Philippians 4:6-7“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 100:1-5 " Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. '