SUNDAY 02 DECEMBER // The true meaning of ‘peace’
Welcome to the start of our exploration through advent. It is our hope that over the next few weeks this will create an opportunity to slow down, reflect and gain a new perspective in the midst of the Christmas season.
The word ‘peace’ may have many meanings for you, depending on what your journey through life has looked life so far. It may not be a word you associate with the busy month leading up to Christmas, but the invitation of biblical peace is open to us all.
This week we explore what true peace looks is and are invited into. Let’s start by watching a video from the Bible Project which gives us a great overview of the rich biblical concept of peace…
In the Bible, the word peace can refer to the absence of conflict, but it also points to the presence of something better in its place. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom – which simply put, means something complex with lots of pieces that is in a state of completeness, wholeness.
Life is complex, full of moving parts, relationships and situations, and when any of these is out of alignment or missing your shalom breaks down.
Jesus was sent to the world as the fulfilment of God’s promise (Isaiah 9:6) to fix what was broken in the Garden, to restore our lives, our relationships and our world to perfect wholeness through His life, death and resurrection.
Relationship with Jesus offers us access to this kind of peace regardless of circumstance (John 14:27).
Read: Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Pray: Start by asking God to fill you with his peace that surpasses all understanding, then ask God to highlight anything that needs to be brought to your attention about your past understanding of ‘peace’.
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include what ‘peace’ means to you, a scripture reference. or note what stood out to you about the true meaning of peace.