By Lesli Nolen
Published January 2014
The decorations have been taken off the tree, the stocking are down from the mantle and the presents have been unwrapped. Once again the holiday’s have come and gone and another year is upon us. New resolutions, new goals and new beginnings are all proclaimed this time of year, but instead of broken resolutions and frustrated emotions I give you peace. Peace that only comes from the peacekeeper.
In John 20:19-23, the most important day, Jesus speaks to his disciples of prophecy, hope and everlasting. The scripture says,
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
God gives us five keys to a life of peace:
- Key of His presence- He may not be physically there, but regardless of how you feel or regardless of your circumstances He is with you.
- Key of Peace- that is the anchor to hold you when chaos is all around. His peace, not the world’s peace. Knowing He is with you.
- Key of Mission- His father sent him and he is sending us. His purpose was the cross; our mission is to spread the good news.
- Key of Forgiveness or Pardon- Jesus purchased that key on the cross. You are forgiven; forgive those who have sinned against you.
- Key of Holy Spirit- He may not be physically seen but his presence lives in us.
These keys will open doors to a life of peace. He tells us He goes before us and prepares a way. We are to take the keys and march out of the darkness and into the light.
The gift of peace is not a gift that is earned, it is given. It is there for the taking. All we have to do is accept it. I am not measured by the size of my jeans or the color of my hair. I don’t have to be the perfect mother, wife, daughter or friend. I am loved because of who he is not because of who I am.
To some I am different or weird. I don’t follow the standards of the world. I don’t conform to what society says that I should be. I am child of the one true king. I have peace beyond all understanding.
As this New Year approaches and life gets busier I can rest in that He is with me. I can hold to His anchor of peace and love.
In the scripture above Jesus talks about the doors being locked because of fear. Fear can cause us to stand still, but peace can cause us to action. The future is unknown and can be fearful, but we don’t have to be paralyzed by that fear. We can take one key and open one door. Then we can take the next key and open that door, then the next and so forth.
From my research peace is mentioned 429 times in the King James version of the Bible. That is a little more than one verse a day. Let His peace resonate in you each and every day this year making 2014 your best year yet.