Summary: Everyone wants peace and Christ offers that!
Psalm 29:11-The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.
Peace want it!
Peace people desire it!
People will do just about anything to have peace!
But the truth is people are not at peace, not with themselves, their families or their neighbors.
Isaiah 26:3-You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
We will pass through trials and tribulations in this life!
But we can have peace, (yes even during the holidays)if our mind stays on Him!
Not on presents, not on shopping, not on places we have to be, but on Him!
When God is in control of our life, there is peace!
Philippians 4:7-And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We are disturbed and shaken by the trials of life we encounter, but God, is never shook-up, He is never disturbed, He never get unraveled and He offers that peace to us!
Ephesians 2:14-18-For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Our focus should be on the Cross and not the ground below the Cross. We should be looking up and not down. By focusing on the Cross, barriers disappear
In France some soldiers with their sergeant brought the body of a dead comrade to a French cemetery to have him buried. The priest told them gently that he was bound to ask if their comrade had been a baptized adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. They said that they did not know. The priest said that he was very sorry but in that case he could not permit burial in his churchyard. So the soldiers took their comrade sadly and buried him just outside the fence. The next day they came back to see that the grave was all right and to their astonishment could not find it. Search as they might they could find no trace of the freshly dug soil. As they were about to leave in bewilderment the priest came up. He told them that his heart had been troubled because of his refusal to allow their dead comrade to be buried in the churchyard; so, early in the morning, he had risen from his bed and with his own hands had moved the fence to include the body of the soldier who had died for France.
The rules and the regulations put up the fence; but love moved it.