Practices of Peace: Peace with our community
Receive the Peace of God this Christmas that Jesus has won for us, that is guaranteed for us if we trust in Him. Let us REJOICE in this Peace!
Merry Christmas MP Community
In 1914, World War 1 was being fought as Christmas Eve settled upon the battlefield. The divide between the opposing forces was known as No Man’s Land, the sliver of space between opposing trenches. No one would want to venture on to No Man’s Land as enemy fire would ensue, and life would be at grim risk. Yet, this is where the Christmas truce took place. Peace broke out. Hands were stretched out and shaken readily as a gesture of peace. Gifts were exchanged. Haircuts were given. Laughter burst out. Conversations in broken languages began. A soccer game was played. German, British, French, and Belgian soldiers all joined together, putting their gun battles aside to embrace a few precious moments of peace. All this unfolded on that barren No Man’s Land. Peace came down at Christmas.
However, the peace was soon broken and the war continued for several more years. Although attempted, a Christmas truce was never again realised in the same way as on those days and nights in 1914.
The Christmas truce is a wonderful story of peace in the midst of war. However, although it brings hope but it also presents a challenge. The hope is that even in the muddy trenches of raging battles, peace can bloom. The challenge is, simply, to know how the world can find lasting peace.
Our world may be filled with unrest, turmoil and the lack of peace. However, Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace so why not make it our mindset to bring peace to this broken hurting, warring world? God wanted us to experience His peace that passes understanding, so He sent His Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace into the world. But how do we get from Jesus being our peace to actually living a peaceful life in our workplace, school or home?
1) Receive the peace of God
In John 14, Jesus was about to be killed and He talked about peace. That peace would be won on the cross where He opened a way for us to have a perfect relationship with the Father. Jesus’s death and resurrection provided the way for us to have the peace that He enjoys with His Father and nothing and nobody will be able to take it from us.
“My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Therefore, let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”
We have an amazing Saviour. And a great salvation.
2) Trust that God is enough
Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross meant that we are guaranteed peace in Him if we trust in Him.
‘Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.’
God wants us to live in in freedom in an ever-increasing measure, even in this troubled world (John 16:33), so He has given us the key.
3) Renew your mind with biblical truth
We were created to worship God. If we are disciples of Christ our purpose should be to display the worth of God. But by nature, our minds are not God-worshipping minds, they are self-worshipping minds. God wants us to focus our minds on whatever is good:
‘Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.’
It’s easy to be anxious about circumstances in our daily activities, but if we renew our minds with truth, we can anchor our joy and hope in something more secure and not in our circumstances.
Points for seasonal reflection
Do I enjoy the gift of peace that was bought by Jesus?
Do your friends and family see the fruit of peace in your life?
Is Jesus the source of peace and comfort in your life or are you looking elsewhere?
Finally, believers, rejoice! Be made complete [be what you should be], be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace [enjoy the spiritual well-being experienced by believers who walk closely with God]; and the God of love and peace [the source of lovingkindness] will be with you.
1 Corinthians 13: 11 AMP
This post is written by: Hannah
Hannah was born and brought up in Dubai. She studied Advertising, Public Relations and Media and moved to, Durham last year to serve Emmanuel Church Chester-le-Street. You will often find her at coffee shops reading a book or meeting up with people. She's passionate about planting churches that change communities in unreached places and she is also in search for the best shawarma in the world.