Peace on Earth!
An army of angels proclaimed it long ago and far away over the hills of Bethlehem: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14 KJV)
As we are in a holiday season which seems filled with strife, it is assuring to know that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring peace to people everywhere. Perhaps it is difficult to see, know, and experience peace right now. However, all the promises of God are sure and true.
We can have peace in times of storm or strife. Whatever challenges we may face are bearable when we trust in God. Jesus said to His disciples, and I believe that includes us, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 KJV)
If anyone is struggling with anxiety, discouragement or fear, Jesus desires for you to have peace in Him. “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 KJV) Even as the things of this life swirl around us, we can have peace. Even as people proclaim “peace, peace” and there seems to be no peace, we can still have peace with God.
If we will accept by faith the gift which has been given us in Jesus Christ, we will experience a peace which is beyond understanding: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 KJV)
Peace to you my brothers and sisters in Christ!
By Justin C. Lyons, President