Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you
One of the childhood joys of Christmas is the opening of the gifts. The brightly coloured wrapping makes each present highly desirable. Their unknown contents make them intriguing & captivating. As each layer of packaging is quickly stripped away, we’re left with a new possession. Something that now belongs to us. Something that is ours to keep, use & cherish. Something that we need even when we don’t realize it.
Today’s verse lets us know about a gift that Jesus has left for us. It is the gift if peace. This peace is not worldly peace that is surrounded by trouble, fear and the possibility of loss. It is His gift of peace that comes with no strings attached. It is the perfect peace that flows only from Jesus. It is the peace that delivers every time we need it. It is the peace we need to make it through each day.
This time of year can become hectic & stressful no matter how organized we are. Don’t wait to become overwhelmed, troubled & fearful. Instead open a Christmas gift early. Let’s open the gift of peace that Jesus has left for us. Let’s allow the waves of peace from heaven to wash over us. Let each one dispel trouble, fear & concern. It may only take a few minutes but we’ll be feeling much calmer & settled after we’ve receive this gift again from Jesus.
This week let’s take a few minutes throughout our day to consciously acknowledge the gift of peace in our life. Jesus gave His life so that we could have and experience His peace. It would be utter foolishness to leave His gift behind and pursue the world’s way to peace in its place. Acknowledging Jesus and His gift of peace will activate it in our lives immediately. So don’t stress, worry or breakdown. Receive from Jesus His gift of peace and enjoy this season of celebration.