Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: Experiencing Peace

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Take a few minutes to be honest with yourself and answer this question. “I will experience peace when __________.” If you have more than one answer, take time to write them all down.

After thinking it through, were you surprised by your own answer? There are hundreds of potential answers you could have. Some examples include, I will experience peace when…

  • …I’m out of debt. 
  • …I have a car that runs well.
  • …I get the promotion I deserve. 
  • …I have children or…the children I have leave the house.

Our culture loves to communicate that the grass is always greener on the other side. But the other side is a moving target, and you’re not likely to hit a moving target. 

Today, take opportunities to remind yourself that real peace comes only through Jesus. Romans 5:1 says, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 

What is peace? Peace is knowing that Jesus is all we really need.

READING & JOURNALING:

     ROMANS 5:1-11

Review how you’ve spent your time over the previous 48 hours. What have you been going to in an attempt to experience peace? Has it worked? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, today has helped me realize that I am often a product of our culture, and therefore believe the lie of “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Today, I will simply rejoice in the truth that I have peace with God because of what Jesus has done for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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