Peace

The world has a lot to say about peace, especially at Christmas time.  We talk about, sing about, and even desire peace; but unless we know Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7), we know very little of peace.

What the world doesn’t recognize is this, that true peace is found only in Jesus.  For, Jesus gives us a peace that the world doesn’t know and can’t offer:  peace with God (John 14:27).  It is only through Jesus that we who have been justified by faith have peace with God (Romans 5:1).  We can hope for and work for peace in this world… [and we should.  God’s Word tells us to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14); and it also tells us that God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).  Therefore, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20, we are ambassadors for Christ, sent forth into the world by God to declare peace:  “Be reconciled to God!”]… but where a relationship with Jesus Christ is absent, the ultimate peace will not be known.

As Christ’s ambassador, I implore you:  Be reconciled to God!  If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the peace of God is not yours.  The Bible says that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).  Jesus came as a baby, lived as a man, and died as a sinner so that we might have peace with God.  May this truth–and this peace–be very real to you this Christmas season, and may you know the greatest gift of all–the gift of salvation.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

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