Posted by: Jo | June 8, 2019

Accepting God’s Gift Of Peace

“And the peace of God which transcends all human understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4: 7)

Peace04Peace, the word itself, carries deep depth for every human being, but when it is joined with God’s name it transcends all human understanding. It outweighs every human concept of humans who struggle to find peace in their own lives, relying on their own capabilities. The world battles against all odds to bring about peace between nations, cultures, religions, mostly failing as history proves, only resulting in an on-going saga of wars.

When I was growing up our church had a lovely practice of just before the prayers for communion began, the congregation was asked to turn to the person beside you and “pass the peace”. This meant shaking their hand and saying, Peace be with you and they would respond likewise. A beautiful message, but sometimes lost its power as it became routine like saying “good morning” and the real meaning became lost.

David remembered the power of the Lord and reminded the people of where their strength would come from.

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”  (Psalm 29: 11)

A wonderful reminder for us as turmoil overtakes our lives and anxiety leaves us troubled and making decisions becomes clouded with fear, we need to accept that gracious offer of peace and ask the Lord to provide it for us.

Peace05Jesus himself knew the troubled world was going to be hard for those who chose to follow him and left this blessing behind him not only for the disciples, but for us as well.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14: 27)

And again, he reminds us of his great strength and urges us to accept his gracious gift and to remember that he has overcome the world and his peace is way beyond any earthly power;

“But I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 6: 33)

Just like any gift, it needs to be received and opened. Too often we feel that we should be able to deal ourselves when difficulties arise and become like my little two-year-old Peace03grand-daughter, who spurns any help we offer her, but replies, I can do it! By acknowledging God’s beautiful gift, we can rest assured that rusting him will alleviate our fears and allow that incredible peace to encircle us as we walk the paths of life.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5 – 6)

 


Responses

  1. Dear Jo – you have reminded me that that expression “Peace be with you” is shared by so many cultures, so many religious traditions, expressed in so many languages. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you Jo. I have been following your posts for a couple of years. This week we had a celebration of life for my Dad and Proverbs 3:5-6 was an important part of the service. Peace be with you.

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  3. Thank you Jo and may the Lord’s peace be with you always.

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