3rd Sunday of Advent | PEACE

3rd Sunday of Advent | Kendra Wesley

Peace is defined as freedom from disturbance, tranquility, a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended, and a symbol of Christian love and unity. While the latter isn't synonymous with the word today, true peace is God-given. When thinking of peace it's easier to associate it with the absence of annoyances, inconveniences, and trouble instead of looking at is as a kind of freedom. The wonderful truth is, when we put our faith into practice, we can attain God-given peace daily and experience that freedom. We have the blessed birth of Christ to thank for that!
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
Since the fall of man, that final day in the garden, God has had a plan in place to restore peace to all creation. Brothers and sisters, we can experience full and abundant peace one day! A peace that will be enduring and everlasting! This present reality is a reminder that God's work isn't finished. In the meantime, we have Jesus to help up navigate through a world that is full of chaos, hurt, and sin. 
"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world."
John 16:33
God sent Jesus as His instrument of peace on earth. He created you and me to be instruments of His peace, too! We have the honor of spreading the gospel of peace to a world covered in darkness. Jesus took all of our sin and shame on the cross; he was punished for what  he did not do, sacrificing Himself so that you and I wouldn't be separated from our Father. Through His gift of salvation we have a restored relationship with God. And while we carry this good news out into our communities, throughout the world, one day His plan will be complete and peace will prevail! God is already victorious; His promise of peace brings much more than an end to all war, but complete restoration within us and our world. Knowing that our God holds the victory, we can view the stormy seasons in our lives as training ground to strengthen our faith, with a vision of  the joy and peace we will one day experience in Heaven.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.
Revelation 21:4
Let God wrap your heart in peace that passes all understanding this holiday season. As we look forward to His second advent, may we pass on peace to all others along the way.Happy Blogmas & Merry Christmas!