Good morning! May the Peace of God be with you.
This morning I would like to talk about Peace. But not just ordinary peace, but the peace we are promised when we have a relationship with the One and Only Son of God, Jesus Christ.
We have all heard the stories about how Jesus was born into this world, lived a perfect life, was crucified on a cross, died for our sin, and was resurrected to everlasting life, seated at the right hand of the Father. But did you know that Jesus also gave us promises. That’s right, He did, and one of those promises is the promise of Peace.
You know, some people believe that the Bible is just a bunch of stories, but one of the things it says is that if we believe in God and have Faith in Jesus, then our sins will be forgiven and we can have a personal relationship with not just Jesus, but with God Himself.
Romans 5:1 says; “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
We can have peace with God. Now that is the peace I want to have, but it doesn’t stop there. You see, we all have problems in this life that we have to deal with, it’s great that I can have peace with God and all, but what about my life here today, and tomorrow?
Well, Jesus talked about that too;
In John 16:33, He said; “In this world you will have trouble”,
And we all know that is true, we seem to have trouble at every turn in life. Trouble here, trouble there, trouble everywhere.
Fortunately He didn’t stop there. He continues; “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”. And again,
John 14:27, Jesus says; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
You see, Jesus gives us a very special kind of Peace, a peace that we can experience at any moment we feel we need it. It doesn’t matter how much trouble or problems we have in our life, we can always turn to Christ, any time we need His peace, and he has promised He will give it to us.
We can choose to handle problems ourselves, or we can turn them over to God and let him handle them.
It is a choice I make, and a choice you make, every day, and probably several times a day. Will I handle this problem myself, or will I choose to accept the Peace of God and let Him handle this problem. It is such a simple choice, and I want to choose to let God handle my problems.
How about you?
I would like to leave you with some additional verses on God’s promise of Peace.
2 Thessalonians 3:16,
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”