The hope for peace

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” John 14:27 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “With Jesus there is always the hope for peace.”
 
Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of peace in the world today. According to the United Nations, at any given time there are approximately 120 armed conflicts taking place between nations and warring factions worldwide. Then there are the smaller acts of violence and conflict that take place in cities and towns all across the world – everything from armed robberies, rapes, murders and more. Then there are an incalculable number of fights and arguments going on between individual people. Nope, there’s not a lot of peace to be found in this world.
 
And yet, Jesus said He came to give us peace – His peace. So, is there evidence for the peace of Jesus in the world? Yes, I believe there’s plenty of evidence of it.
 
First, the peace of Jesus begins in the individual heart. My favorite evangelistic tool is Billy Graham’s little booklet “Steps to Peace with God.” Not only is it a clear and concise presentation of the plan of salvation, but I love the title, “Steps to Peace with God”. I want that. Everybody wants that. To be at peace with God is the starting place to being at peace with yourself, and then with the people around you. Getting right with Jesus will do that.
 
Once a person is at peace with God, then peace can then begin to spread. It spreads into the relationships you have with those closest to you, and then to those you meet. Eventually, it can spread exponentially as they then share His peace with others. Once a person has the peace of Jesus in their heart and begins to share that peace with others, there’s no telling what the impact will be.
 
It’s true that in many respects this is an evil, un-peaceful world. But imagine how bad it would be if it were not for the many millions of Christians already spreading the peace of Jesus in their neighborhoods, homes and workplaces. Despite all the evil and the fighting, there is also much good and much peace precisely because the peace of Jesus does reign and rule in the hearts of His followers.
 
With Jesus there is always the hope for peace. I encourage you to be a peacemaker today.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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