“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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.” ~ Philippians 4:4-7

God has a gift for you this Christmas: peace in your life.

Christmas is all about Christ. Everything we celebrate and love about this time of year comes from the fact that a little baby was born in Bethlehem who would one day carry a cross up a hill in Jerusalem. On that cross was all of our sin and all of our pain. He died on the cross for our sin, then rose again three days later, defeating death and giving eternal life to all who believe.

You might have tried to find peace in your life in other ways. You might have worked at your job to find peace and security there. You might have looked to other people, to family or friends or a relationship to bring you peace. Or you might have fallen off the path at some point, turning to drugs or alcohol or addictions to bring you a little bit of peace.

None of those things are going to bring you peace. They might work for a little while, but they will all let you down sooner or later. The only lasting peace you will ever find is the peace that passes understanding that comes from having Jesus at the center of your life.

If you’re a Christian, let this Christmas be a time that you renew that relationship. Let the peace of Christ inform your life. Share him with others.

If you’re not a Christian, if you can’t point to a time in your life where you repented of your sins and made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, what better time than Christmas? What better time than right now?

Pray a simple prayer in faith to Jesus. Tell him you know you are a sinner and can’t make it on your own. Ask him to be your Savior and Lord of your life. Then you will begin to see the real peace we celebrate at Christmas – the peace that passes all understanding that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

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