Scriptural Gem for December 2011

Consider the following Scriptures which speak about 'peace'. Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. John 16:33: "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." and John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

In English, our understanding of the term 'peace' revolves around the absence of conflict or strife, tranquility and harmony. However, the Biblical concept of 'peace' is much deeper and is derived from the Hebrew root SLM, which means "to be complete" or "wholeness". With this correct idea of the word it is much easier to understand the above scriptures. When we pray for 'peace' we mean we want tranquility and all strife to be taken away. What Jesus means when He uses the word is that He will make us complete and whole so that regardless of what is going on around us, we will be 'at peace'. Think about this as the time of celebrating the birth of Christ - our Prince of Peace - draws near.

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