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The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7

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

profileNelson Mandela recently passed.  His passing is a great loss to his country and to all of humanity.  Among other things he was a man who spent 27 plus years of his life in prison for his principles and beliefs only to be released and elected president of his county (South Africa).  He trumpeted peace and equality for all in his native land.  He battled apartheid in his native land and was seen as a radical.  During his reign in government his administration worked to dismantle the legacy of apartheid through battling institutionalized racism, poverty among their people and the inequality that was rampant.

Christmas is a season of peace on earth and goodwill toward all – and peace is the subject of our passage today.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Philippians 4:4-9 – 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Some have said Christmas Eve – singing Silent Night and lighting candles – is one of the most peaceful times in their year for them.  I know I appreciate it for sure and look forward to it this year.  I also like the peace that comes from a deepening of my walk with Jesus.

The passage today suggests that we should rejoice in the Lord – show our gentleness to others – to relax and not be anxious – to pray and lift our petitions to the Lord – and give thanks and God’s peace will be with us.  We’re told to focus on Jesus and God’s peace will reign in our lives.  The peace of God be with you dear readers.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 10, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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