Day 5: Peace of Christ

Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 3:15 (NRSVUE)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

“Even though the experience of God’s ‘peace’ happens first of all at the individual level, it is doubtful that ‘peace’ in this context refers only to ‘the well-arranged heart.’ For Paul peace is primarily a community matter…or relational settings. Thus Christ is ‘our peace’ who has made Jew and Gentile one people, one body…they are urged to ‘let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace’ (v. 15).” [Gordon D. Fee. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament.]

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, we are reconciled to God and with one another. This peace of Christ is not just personally experienced but experienced in the church community. We are called to experience this peace as one body as we live out the gospel together.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for our churches. We pray for the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts as one body. May each church display your peace in our relationships with one another. May you receive the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “Mention of Your Name” by Brian & Jenn Johnson (click here).

-AS

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Day 4: “My Peace”

John 14:26-27 (NIV)
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.

 “His most important point is that the Spirit will soon take his place and continue his abiding presence in their lives (v. 26). In the same way that Jesus is the ‘representative’ or Paraclete of the Father, the Spirit is the representative of Jesus. As the Father ‘sent’ Jesus, so Jesus will ‘send’ the Spirit ‘in my name.’ Jesus carries the authority of the Father in all he says and does, and the Spirit has the authority of Jesus behind him…Here it is a blessing they will receive with Jesus’ death and especially his resurrection…Jesus’ peace is a divine commodity beyond human understanding (Phil 4:7), a major characteristic of the new order instituted by Christ.” [Grant R. Osborne. John: Verse by Verse. Osborne New Testament Commentaries.]

When we live filled with the Holy Spirit, we experience a depth of union, intimacy, and peace within the Triune Godhead. The Holy Spirit will teach and remind us of all things, and make this reality experiential in our lives. The peace of God the Father, Son, and Spirit is ours in Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us your peace. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, reminding us of what you have said and empowering us to live in your peace and presence today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “My Peace” by Elijah Oyelade (click here). 

-AS

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Day 3: Proclaim Peace

John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)
7 How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”

Jesus brought the peace that all people long for. In Jesus, we share in this peace. In Jesus, we share in this victory on the cross and live this overcoming life. We are called to be like Jesus and bring God’s good news to those who long for peace. We are called to proclaim the peace of God and Jesus’ victory on the cross.

Prayer: Father, equip us by your Spirit as we bring the good news of peace to our cities, campuses, families, and friends. May people know you as the God of peace and receive your peace in Jesus Christ. We live in your victorious reign. We thank you and may you receive the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “God of Revival” by Bethel Music, Brian and Jenn Johnson (click here).

-AS

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Day 2: The Peace of God

Let us proclaim these verses out loud together:

Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
 
“The result of an active prayer life is ‘the peace of God’…the active working of God’s peace in our lives, and the contrast lies between human effort and the activity of God in our hearts. He overpowers our minds and fills us with the Spirit’s presence. This peace, then, ‘will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ Paul is saying that God’s peace builds a fort around us with his host of angels as guards to protect us from life’s horrors. He is guarding us, ever vigilant, and we need fear nothing. This does not mean that nothing bad will ever happen, but that those painful events can never truly defeat us.” [Grant R. Osborne. Philippians: Verse by Verse. Osborne New Testament Commentaries.]

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your promise of peace in every situation. I submit my anxious thoughts to you and ask for the Spirit’s filling and activity in my life. I make my shelter in you. I find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I put my trust. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “Holy Overshadowing” by Graham Kendrick (click here).

-AS

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Day 1: Rejoice! The Lord is Near

Let us proclaim these verses out loud together:

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Ezekiel 37:26 (NLT)
26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever.

Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

“It is more than a state of being or the absence of conflict and worry. Biblical peace characterizes God and comes to us as a divine gift. It is not just the opposite of anxiety, but the solution…This peace, then, is not just an inner tranquility of soul; it is that and more. It is the Hebrew shalom that includes health, well-being, and prosperity. There is a sense of wholeness to it, a feeling that all is right with the world because God is in it.” [P. Tim / Grant R. Osborne. Philippians: Verse by Verse. Osborne New Testament Commentaries.]

True peace is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Jesus, we rejoice because you are the bringer of peace. We have peace through your life, death, and resurrection. In your nearness, we live in this peace today. We thank you. May you receive the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “Jesus, Only Jesus” by Matt Redman (click here).

-AS

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