Peace I Leave With You

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Written by: Sarah Travis

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you…” John 14:27a NASB

Advent.

A time when we revisit beloved Bible stories, remember, and reflect upon the moment when peace came down and dwelt among us.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NASB (emphasis mine)

God is referred to as the God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:23). It is part of His character — He IS peace. As with all characteristics, He defines peace in its purest and most perfect form. It comes as no surprise then His Son would be called the Prince of Peace and His birth ignited an anthem of praise witnessed by an unsuspecting group of shepherds, to whom an angel had appeared:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14 NASB (emphasis mine)

I believe the peace (Greek “eirḗnē”) God grants us, the peace we can feel in our hearts, is a quietness of our spirit, only achievable through being one with the Lord. As we grow closer to Him, abiding in His Word, peace washes over our hearts and minds allowing us to remain quiet in the midst of the unquiet of the world. God’s peace enables us to maintain a stillness in our responses when faced with oppression and persecution. His peace allows us to be the one to extend grace and love in times of confrontation. He grants His peace in the midst of uncertainty.

On that first Christmas Jesus Christ descended from Heaven to earth making it possible for peace to enter into our hearts and minds. Where John had baptized with water, Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Because of that first Christmas, the God of perfect peace, through His Son, sent His Holy Spirit to make peace possible for the ones who choose to be His children.

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

Often we cannot comprehend how feeling at peace is possible in certain seasons and circumstances; but it is if we rest our minds on the Lord. Rest our minds on the perfect peace of Jesus Christ who, by humbling Himself to live among us, makes all things possible.

Four years ago I left my family in Scotland, with whom I am very close, and moved to the U.S. Each Christmas has been different and difficult in its own way. Christmas weekend last year was spent in a uHaul traveling well over 800 miles moving from one state to another. Since then, baby has been born and due to circumstances beyond our control, we have since moved 3 times (twice with baby). This pales in comparison to the trials many I know.

We all bring our own trials into the Christmas season and I know it is complete heartache for many but friends, I say this with sincere love, it is not a time to reflect on our lives, but a time to reflect on the reason for the season — Jesus, through whom we can feel at peace this Christmas! Peace is found in developing a posture of praise.

My prayer for you is to remember peace is not found in positions, people, or places; but in placing our praise and prayers in the palms of Peace.

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Sarah Travis is from Scotland, but immigrated to the U.S. in 2013 to marry Jason. She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world. “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV
She would love to connect with you on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest – all @srhtrvs12, Facebook and on her blog.

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