by Kate Safford
“Acquire the Spirit of Peace
and thousands around you
will be saved.”
(Seraphim of Sarov, Russia, 18th cent.)
Our sermon series in Advent at Christ Church is called: Give Them Jesus. We are teaching the themes of HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE through Scripture, art, and personal stories. The series. None of these four virtues are dependent on our circumstances.
Let me say that again: HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE are not conditioned by “how things are going!”
In addition to the provocative quote above by Seraphim of Sarov, here are a few reminders to help us understand that Peace comes only through communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20
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.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace
at all times in every way.
(2 Thessalonians 3)