27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
This is one of my favorite verses in God's Word. What a promise and gift of the Holy Spirit peace is to our lives. Peace of mind, peace at work, peace in our relationships, peace in our communities and so on and on it can go. Peace is a commodity that many of lack on a daily basis. I believe if peace could be merchandised and distributed it would be in high demand.
The 2nd week of Advent is all about peace. This is not the kind of peace we manufacture for ourselves through our own efforts. This is the kind of peace that goes way beyond anything we can do. It is peace in the midst of trouble and trials. It is peace when our lives are chaotic and full of circumstances. This kind of peace can only come from God. The sad fact is that many do not know God and therefore miss out on His life restoring peace. The other sad fact is that there are some who do have faith in God but do not spend time with Him and closer to Him and they too miss out on life restoring peace sometimes.
The scriptures explain peace in two ways;
1. The first way to acquire peace is to make peace with God. How can our spirits and our mind be at peace when we are separated from our creator. When we remain separated from God by sin then all our human hearts and minds will know is brokenness. The scriptures tell us that by faith we can have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We must first mend our relationship with the Lord so that we can have that divine peace Jesus promises us in John 14:27.
5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I pray for peace for each and everyone of you. Life is too precious and relationships are too important for us to not get the fullest out of both. Let not your heart be troubled, believe in Christ and have some peace this Advent season.