“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.”
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.”
“Peace, man” is a common phrase spoken and heard today, yet rarely felt. Echoing a sentiment spoken many years ago by the Messiah Who was the only One Who could really speak and give genuine peace, people still try to give this illusive sentiment, even if only in a trite phrase.
What does it mean that Christ gives us peace? How can we have peace when to sky is falling? Because we know the One who made the sky. How can we know peace when people shun us? Because we are accepted unconditionally by the One who made them.
How can we have peace when financial hard times press in and we never feel we can get ahead? Because our Provider owns the cattle on a thousand hills – and everything in between. He gives us what we need – we just need to ask Him and believe Him.
How can we have peace when loved ones betray us and are unfaithful? Because the One Who chose us was betrayed, too, and chose to love enemies enough to die for them.
This precious babe brought real peace – not a peace that depends on everything going well, but a peace that depends on the Creator to be all Who He says He is. That is a lasting peace – a hope in the only One Who is peace incarnate.
Lord, thank You for giving us peace with You, the Holy, perfect, blameless One. Help us to walk in that peace and to give the peace You offer to others.