Peace!

Peace!

Christmas is a time when you hear greetings of peace.  But do most people really experience true peace.  There, of course, is world peace where we find the absence of war throughout the world.  And world peace would be a wonderful thing.  But there is an even more wonderful kind of peace to be experienced.  And that is an inner peace that one experiences within his/her own life.  It’s a calmness a person can experience even through turmoil and upheaval all around.  Outside circumstances have no affect on this kind of peace.  This peace has only one origin – Jesus.  Jesus tells us that His peace is clearly different from the peace in the world.  And the peace from Jesus is able to guard our hearts and our minds. Philippians 4:7 (NLT) tells us – “7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus.”   Our hearts and minds can easily be wounded.  So protection of them is vital.  But the verse promising us this incomprehensible peace begins with “then”.  So there must be some context we need to see.  And the context is found in the previous verse –6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” When adverse situations come our way, we just give them to God in prayer and thank Him for everything He has done for us. Through a relationship of complete trust in and thanksgiving to God, we can experience a peace beyond our understanding. We pray you experience this peace, not just through the upcoming Christmas season, but always!

 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)