The National Retail Federation estimates consumers will spend an average of $967.13 this Christmas season according to surveys conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. That figure is up 3.4% from last year and totals approximately $680 billion in retail sales. What is on your Christmas gift wish list this year? Toys? Video Games? A Puppy? New Clothes? A Fruit Cake? (NO! Nobody really likes fruit cake!) All these items would help make for some great Christmas presents (except for the fruitcake) and can be bought in store or online.
However, one thing that cannot be purchased for Christmas is peace. Nobody rushed out on Black Friday last month an bought $99.99 worth of peace. Cyber Monday sales receipts were somewhere north of $3 billion, but not one dollar accounted for a purchase of peace. That’s because peace is not for sale; however, peace is available to all who would receive it as a gift this Christmas.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22 that “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” No, peace is not a part of a fruitcake. However, it is a fruit that blossoms and begins to grow on the branches of our lives as a result of us placing our faith, hope and trust in Jesus for new life that is found in Him and in Him alone. May you experience the peace of Christ this Christmas that comes from a development that takes place on the inside rather than a purchase you make online. May you slow down, receive, rest, breathe, and experience true peace that surpasses all your understanding this Christmas. This is the peace that comes from the Lord. This is the peace you were intended to enjoy.