Week beginning: 19th October, 2014
By Brent Haywood | Edinburgh
"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."
"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."John 14:27. John 14:27. (ESV)
Of late I have been wrestling with what it means to be a person of peace. I cannot be alone in this struggle, even the database of my law firm lists me as a 'contentious fee earner'; I'm sure it's nothing personal.
I was talking this week with a colleague who felt 'locked in'. This person had worked through the traditional ranks in our profession and was a 'success' in the way many measure success, but he was running on empty. That emptiness was fuelled by many pressures that I felt were coming both from within and without. During our conversation I was a bit surprised when he said I seemed to be much more 'at peace'. We talked about where that came from, and I hope we will talk again.
Jesus promises us his peace, not a generic peace, but one that transcends human understanding. Jesus spoke these words just before he was arrested, beaten up, tried in a kangaroo court and nailed to a cross. No wonder it is called a peace that passes all understanding. The Apostle Paul has plenty to say about peace, and where it comes from.
May you hunt down the peace of God this week, in work and everywhere else you go.
Give thanks and rejoice in the promise that the Lord gives of His peace. Pray for those known to you who need to know that peace today.
Pray for all those who have come the various LCF evangelistic events in the last two weeks, and that those who heard the gospel message would respond to Jesus.