An email was delivered to my inbox today that started off by saying, “Do you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way.” Us “Christmas People” can be described in many ways: Frantic. Hurried. Worried. Rude. Indecisive. Annoying. If we are truly Christmas People then we will be people of peace!
Luke 2:14 reminds us of the declaration of the angel of the Lord and the heavenly hosts when the shepherds learned about the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” We are Christians. Are we peaceful?
The financial pressures, the worry, and the stress rob believers of God’s gift to them. How can we bring joy to the world when we become a frazzled mess in the name of celebration.Experience His peace and then extend it to others. “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.” John 14:27
How can you ease someone’s heart? How can you insert peace into frustrating situations? How can you diminish worry for someone else. Here are three gift ideas that will communicate the heart of Christ and bring peace into a crazy worry-filled season.
1. In the face of civil unrest – choose words that invite peace instead of words that sow discord.
Crazy things are happening in society, and everyone has an opinion about them. If you want peace then pray for salvation. Instead of asking for justice (for people to get what they deserve) pray for mercy and repentance for those who have done wrong.
2. In the face of gossip and down talk – choose actions that speak of peace as your priority.
Take a stand and invite people to see the best in a person they may be upset with. When family gossip swells, burst the bubble by inviting people to pray for the very person that they are blasting. Peaceful actions are dangerous weapons, because they invite God into the situation.
3. Solve a problem peacefully.
Romans 12:18 says it like this, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” The Word is telling us that peace is a priority for our life decisions. You can’t control how others solve a problem, but you can control YOURSELF. Are your actions bringing peace? Are they creating confusion? Do what you can to live at peace with everyone – your neighbors, your Facebook friends, your family, even those who would identify themselves as your enemies. It’s your peacemaking that God is concerned about.
This Christmas season can be full of chaos, but I want you to be mindful of the gift of peace that God is extending to you. Have you received it? Are you extending it to others? Choosing peace can be a controversial decision, but remember this, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”