“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1b, NIV
We all want peace in our minds and our hearts. The old song says: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” God certainly wants us to experience peace and to share it with others.
Jesus proclaims in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. A relationship with Jesus brings peace!
When I think of peace, I often think of holding my children when they were small in my arms and they were soundly asleep. One of my parishioners, who never had children, once asked to babysit for us so he could know that feeling of having a child peacefully fall asleep in his arms. Jesus brings that kind of peace when we place our faith in Him.
Often though, I have not placed my faith in Him. I have tried to do it myself. This past Spring, we were encouraging witnessing in a series of sermons ending with “Bring a Friend Sunday.” As we were preparing for the series, I came up with an idea I had seen many years before of placing a big red bow on the front of our church with the theme, “Give the Gift.” However, I was having trouble finding a crane to inexpensively place this bow on the front of the church. The time was quickly approaching to create the bow and lift it in place. One night, at our “Belonging Class for Newcomers,” my assistant encouraged me to ask if anyone in the class had access to a thirty-five foot crane. Believe it or not, one of our newcomers had just such a truck for his business. He donated the use of his truck and two workers to place the bow. This encouraged our emphasis on witnessing.
The following week, I shared the peace I received from having “cast your bread upon the waters.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1) and finding God’s blessing.
QUESTION: Has God provided blessings for you lately? Thank Him for those blessings.