Peace …

Peace pictureGod said “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) 

Over and above the jewelry, new car, clothes, gift vouchers, chocolates or whatever else you may be wishing for this Christmas, one thing stands out that we all want:   Peace

And I don’t just mean the peace and quiet when all the visitors have finally gone, the wrapping paper all picked up, the last plate is in the dishwasher, the tablecloths put in the washing machine…. and you collapse on the couch and check to out this year’s reruns on TV!

God’s peace is not just the feeling you get when all the noise makers have left.

They talk about peace in the Middle East and all it ever is, is a ‘ceasefire’.  Just a temporary lull in the fighting.

We think we have peace in our jobs when we get a moment when no-one is asking us to do anything. That peace never lasts!  As soon as you sit down with a piping hot cup of coffee, someone will come along with a pile of work.  Peace is gone, coffee goes cold!

And it’s not the sort of peace you have in families just because you have run out of things to argue about.  Peace – until the next argument.

God’s peace is not dependant on what is going on around us.  His peace envelops us even in the midst of turmoil.  When we feel like screaming because we are overwhelmed, undervalued, confused, abused or in pain; we need to grab hold of Him and find the peace He gives that can carry us through.

God’s peace is not temporary.  He offers it all the time and in all situations.

God’s peace is not dependant on our ability to make it work – only on our acceptance of God’s ability.

His peace comes from knowing that God sent His Son, Jesus to be our Saviour.  It’s only through faith in Jesus that “we have peace with God”  (Romans 5:1)

I wish you all God’s peace this Christmas