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Faith Workout: Peace On Earth

“Peace be with you” – Jesus

READ

John 20:19-29

REFLECT

We hear a lot about peace during the Christmas season.  This is for good reason.  At Jesus’ birth the heavenly host of angels said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”  We all hope for peace on earth, and we certainly crave for a sense of peace in our own lives.  We crave peace, so we can relax and simply be ourselves.  But why do we feel an absence of peace?  Why is it so illusive?  Is there any hope for peace?

Like anything else in life we have two options to find peace: it is either earned or given.  Our world promises we can earn peace through perfection and comfort.  We are promised the perfect job, perfect body, or perfect relationship will earn us peace.  Comfort is another way we are promised peace.  Comfortable lives, comfortable relationships, and even comfortable clothing offer to earn us peace.

Jesus offers something entirely different.  Instead of earning peace through attempts at perfection or avenues of comfort, Jesus gives peace.  His way is not only better, it's the only true way to real peace.

After He rose from the dead He presented Himself alive to His disciples, but one of them was absent that day. When the absent Thomas heard of the occasion, he said, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.”  Thomas was seeking peace through seeing.  We will never see enough evidence in our lives to proclaim peace.  Attempting to find peace by seeing is attempting to earn peace.  When Jesus entered the room He said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:24-26).  He was not asking His disciples to earn peace.  He was giving peace.

This is what the angels were celebrating when Jesus was born into the world.  Real peace was actually available!   The Savior earned it for us through living the perfect life we cannot, dying the death we deserve, and then displaying His permanent victory by raising from the dead.

Look at Jesus as He stands facing you with nail marks in His hands and saying, “Peace be with you.”  Accept His offer.  There's nothing else like it!

RESPOND

1- Where have you noticed a lack of peace in your life?

2- How have you attempted to use training, exercise, or athletics to earn peace?

3- What are other ways you have attempted to earn peace?

4- Ask God to grant you peace through the gift of Jesus.

5- Look up Romans 15:13 & memorize it.

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8 Responses to Faith Workout: Peace On Earth

  1. Chris Boyko CFST
    Chris Boyko CFST December 16, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    “: Read about “Faith Workout: Peace On Earth” at https://t.co/6v44cDvD2q
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  2. Casey Burch
    Casey Burch December 17, 2015 at 6:43 am #

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  3. Casey Burch
    Casey Burch December 17, 2015 at 6:43 am #

    <3

  4. Mike Sharp
    Mike Sharp December 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Not to be a religious but we forget that our Lord jesus Christ was not born in December. But this is an awesome picture though this is not our Lord JC but Santa lol

  5. Mike Sharp
    Mike Sharp December 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Not to be a religious but we forget that our Lord jesus Christ was not born in December. But this is an awesome picture though this is not our Lord JC but Santa lol

  6. Erin Wellendorf December 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Kind of a newbue to the blog, so I’m not sure if people actually respond to the questions in the comments or not, but here it goes! ?

    1. I’ve had various different times of lacking peace in my life. Most related to self-esteem and putting value on accomplishments vs. putting value on who God made me.

    2. I’ve absolutely used athletics as a means to peace. Sometimes it’s as simple as working out when I’m frustrated, upset or angry. Sometimes it’s as a means to feeling peaceful about who I am.

    3. Sometimes through relationships…that’s probably the most common for me.

    Time to find peace though believeing in Him!

  7. Reggie Cooper
    Reggie Cooper December 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Rick Patrick Richard…superset GO!

  8. Reggie Cooper
    Reggie Cooper December 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Rick Patrick Richard…superset GO!

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