What does peace mean to you?
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Even during the Christmas season, we can get lost in the presents, the family parties, and the traveling… it just gets busy.
It’s like any other season in life, it holds the potential to become swamped with “to-do’s” and obligations. Slowly, without even realizing it, we take out one of the main facets of Christmas: peace.
Last week I talked about how when Jesus was born, we received different ‘gifts’ as a result of His birth. One of these gifts was the gift of peace.
Philippians 4:7 reads: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Peace is an interesting concept. If you look around you, chances are you won’t describe the world as peaceful. You might not even describe your local community as peaceful.
When I ask you: what does peace mean to you? What comes to mind?
For me, when I first ponder this question I often find myself thinking about my couch. More specifically I think about sitting, bundled up under warm blankets, sipping a cappuccino, reading a good book, while the fire crackles beside me.
But the peace that Jesus brings is far deeper and immensely greater than a temporary peace a fireside reading could bring me.
The peace of God wasn’t designed for one of us or some of us, but all of us. In fact, the peace of God was designed for all mankind, and we can see the lack of peace around the world as a lack of God.
Pastor Rick Warren said the following about peace:
There will never be peace in the world until there is peace in nations.
There will never be peace in nations until there is peace in communities.
There will never be peace in communities until there is peace in families.
There will never be peace in families until there is peace in individuals.
He ended with: “And there will never be peace in individuals until we invite the Prince of Peace to reign in our hearts. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.”
In order for peace to reign, we need to let it reign in our hearts first. Allow God to heal the wounds of your soul, and accept the peace that He wants to pour over you.
Today I challenge you to evaluate your own mind. Do you live in a state of peace or a state of worry? Are you searching for peace in worldly things?
Pray for yourself to accept the peace of God, pray for your friends to accept the peace of God, and pray for people around the world to accept the peace of God.
With you always,
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