17th December 2018

The Gift Of Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4.6-7 ( NKJV )

What do you want for Christmas? Perhaps you are too busy thinking about what you are going to give to other people this year to think about yourself. Christmas is, after all, a time for giving and receiving gifts. Would you like a gift of alcohol, jewelry, clothes, books, a new phone, computer or are you not sure—hopefully something which you believe will make a difference to your life? But who, after all, knows the inner workings of your mind to know what would really make a difference to your life?

Have you ever thought about a different kind of present—something that would be of value to you, not just at Christmas, but all year round? Maybe one that money can not buy! At Christmas our thoughts naturally get focused on the material, the presents we can buy, hold, feel, touch and see. But what about a present that cannot be seen, held, bought or wrapped up in pretty paper? What kind of present could that be?

One such present would be peace of mind—real peace, a peace that is far beyond any material gift: peace of mind in which there is no fear for the future, no fear about family, no fear about work or finances. How much would that peace of mind be worth to you? Well it would be priceless, in the sense that having no fear of anything, however good, bad or just plain difficult your situation is today, is a gift beyond any material price.

Complete peace of mind, complete confidence in the future, whatever may happen, may seem an impossible dream but it is not! It is what Christmas means for you personally and all humanity! That incredible peace of mind—the peace that passes understanding, which is mentioned in the scripture above, comes from knowing that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of God in human form. It comes from knowing that the God we call Jesus Christ was born of a human mother, lived as a human being, died to pay the penalty of sin for all humanity and was resurrected to be our high priest, our intercessor and our soon coming King. Our peace of mind comes from having faith and belief in God, from knowing that God is in charge and in control of our life no matter our situation or circumstances, from understanding that God has a plan for all humanity that includes each of us.

That gift of peace of mind is free and available to you right now. It takes a little effort to start reading the Bible, start going to church with an open mind and asking God in prayer to reveal Himself to you. At Christmas 2018 you may not have that peace of mind because God simply does not figure in your life. If you invite him in to your life, then 2019 may be the most exciting year you have ever had, and you could be enjoying that peace by Christmas 2019.

Prayer
Loving Father, we are promised a unique peace by Jesus Christ that we can only have through a relationship with you. As we remember Christ’s human birth at this time of year, help us to grasp the full depth of its meaning for us, personally, and for all humanity. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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