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Joy, Peace, Love, and Hope

Riverwood strives to develop dedicated individuals, growing in Christ, responding to the needs around them.

This month we will focus on the reason this statement exists, Jesus. We do all these things because of Him, the one true King. We choose to be dedicated to Jesus. We grow in Him. We respond to things around us, because He responded to us.

Jesus is our only hope. We put hope in so many material things that cannot provide anything to us. We sometimes trust in money. We sometimes trust in a relationship. We sometimes trust in ourselves. All of these things fail. We can only truly hope in Jesus and the act of love He performed for us.

Jesus is the only means by which we can experience love. Whether we receive it or give it away, we can only do this by our relationship with Jesus. Scripture says “we love, because He first loved us.” Ephesians 3 says, And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” This leads to joy

Jesus brings us joy. I am not only talking about the enjoyment we have when being in a situation that is fun. I am talking about the joy that comes from knowing that no matter what situation we are in, Jesus is there with us. He is there experiencing what-ever it is right along side of us. Sometimes even carrying us. As we have hope in Christ, as we experience His love, and as He brings us His joy, then we experience His peace.

Jesus gives us peace. When we know that Jesus is there with us. When we know He loves us in spite of us. That there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more, and nothing we can do to make Him love us less. When we get ourselves and our human understanding of who God is out of the way, then we have peace. True peace. Peace with ourselves, peace with others, peace with any situation in our lives.

These four words are the focus of our advent wreath and the four Sundays in December before Christmas. They are not in the order of the advent wreath, but the order isn’t of importance. Having them in our lives is.

 

In his service,

Pastor Todd