by Rick Warren — December 25, 2021
From The Light of Jesus at Christmas
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid."
John 14:27 (TLB)
The kind of peace the world gives is temporary. In the last 300 years, about 260 peace treaties have been signed—and almost none of them were kept.
The peace that comes from the world is totally circumstantial. If you have a good job, then you’re at peace. But if you lose your job, then you’re not at peace anymore. If you’ve got money in the bank, then you’re at peace. But when that money is gone, then you’re not at peace anymore.
Jesus gives you a different kind of peace. The Bible calls it “peace . . . which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7 ESV).
What does that mean? It means you have peace when there’s no obvious or visible reason why you should be at peace. Everything around you could be in chaos, but for some unexplainable reason, you are at peace. That is the peace that surpasses understanding—and it can only come from Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Jesus wants to give you that kind of peace this Christmas so you won’t be troubled or afraid.
Whenever Jesus walks into a room, he fills that room with peace. Do you have rooms in your heart that are full of worry, upset, anxiety, or fear? Those are the rooms you haven’t invited Jesus into. Your worries reveal the areas you have not given over to God. That could include your finances, your dating life, your career, your parenting, your schedule, or your ministry. Whatever it is, you have to let it go. You have to give it over to Jesus.
Here’s the only way you’re going to have real peace this Christmas: Give every part of your life to God to use for his purpose. Then you’ll have peace that will stand up to all of life’s pressures.