“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
There was a poll taken a few years ago asking people what the main things they desire and the overwhelming majority said ‘peace.’ The results of this poll do not surprise me because the definition of peace is, ‘State of calm, freedom from strife or discord: harmony in personal relationships.’ We were made by God to experience peace. This is evident by him sending his only son to redeem us, set us free, from the sin of the world of disharmony, strife and brokenness.
Jesus wants us to remember he is the peace we all long for.
In the Bible Jesus’ message is filled with hope and peace. Jesus’ ministry on earth was about the peace he offered if people would believe, trust and follow him. What the world tries to find peace in everything but Christ. They strive for something they cannot attain in themselves. They give too much effort for so little, if any, gain. Just listen to the news and read the paper and one will see a world without peace and hope. As Christians we know we have a ‘peace like a fountain,’ if we will let Jesus take control of our life. It is a promise given in Micah 5: 4-5. ‘He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he (Jesus) will be their peace.’
Jesus loves us and wants us to experience his peace.
This is a time when many are so busy they lose focus on the true meaning on Christmas. Many get stressed out, burned out and worn out by the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift. A favorite saying I read a couple of years ago is something I remind myself of each year is, “Christmas is not about the presents but about the presence.’ Let this Christmas time be one where Christ is the center of our attention so we can experience peace.
Jesus wants us to be peacemakers.
In America Christmas has become known for a lot of things and one in particular is that of sharing time with family. Some have family members that may be challenging to be around. Let us remember the second part of 1 Corinthians 7:15 say, ‘God has called us to live in peace,’ and Matthew 5:9 , ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.’
Let this Christmas be one where regardless of past hurts we can do what Christ has done for us and forgive and mend broken relationships. This is the essence of our relationship with Christ. He is our present because of his presence.
‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.’ Isaiah 9:6
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