Week 2: Peace

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World peace is a safe answer if you want to be Miss America. “Peace on earth” is a key line in the most popular Christmas song, “Joy to the World.” But what kind of Peace does Jesus promise? Is it immediate world peace? Jesus himself said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Maybe world peace is not the answer. What about inner peace, freedom from pain through meditation? This may see more accurate, but we are still far from the truth. This kind of peace involves blocking out the world. As Christians, we are called to love one another with the deepest empathy, something that cannot be achieved by hiding in your own thoughts. So what kind of Peace is Jesus bringing? Jesus brings the Peace that passes all understanding, given by the Holy Spirit. Peace that doesn’t hide from the world or give up on God, but perseveres through suffering. The peace of Jesus is knowing that He will not forsake us. The peace of Jesus is knowing the victory is won.

Reflection:
Remember this week the peace that Jesus brings in the midst of your trials and having a relationship with Him.

Philippians 4:7
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.