Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, December 23, 2011

Peace in Your Heart

Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 

Say the word "Peace". Go ahead, right where you are, as loud as you want to or as softly as you need to...slowly say the word  "Peace". Now just let it soak in; mediate on it for a moment. It has a calming affect doesn't it?

Often we think of or pray for peace, but our unspoken hope is that it will fall like dew on the world around us and change it. But really, that's not the purpose of the peace spoken of in Luke 2. Rather, God's peace is more like a salve that is to seep down into us, reaching our hearts to change us. See we want peace in the world, but the bible does not give us that expectation. In fact it teaches the opposite. In Jeremiah 6:14, it says that people will cry out "...Peace! Peace!, when there is no peace." In 1 Thessalonians 5:3, Paul writes "...they are saying 'Peace and Safety! Then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape."  The truth is that the conditions of this sinful world filled with sinful people are not conducive to peace.

The peace we can expect is not peace without, but rather peace within. Through Christ Jesus, we can have peace in our hearts; peace in the midst of...peace in spite of...peace in the face of...this world we live in. The path of Jesus was from Heaven to the manger, to the Cross, to the grave, then back to Heaven, and then, if you are a your heart. Therefore, you have God's peace right within you.

Through Christ, you will not only know what he meant, but you can feel what he meant when Isaiah wrote the words..."For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is give; and the government shall be on his shoulders; and His name shall be Wonderful, Counselor, The Might God, The Everlasting Father...The Prince of Peace!"

Merry Christmas to you, and I pray you have that Peace in your heart!

-Rev. Eric

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