Peace FOR Everyone
Key Scripture: Luke 2:15-18
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. (ESV)
Summary: Living with a heart and mind at peace is not as difficult as some would imagine. Because Christ has come and is coming again, we can live in peace with God. Today we are going to look at peace and how to live in peace.
Lesson One: Your past does not disqualify you from receiving peace!
Some struggle to live with a heart and mind of peace because they struggle with the memories of their past. Your past does not mean you must suffer from a lifetime of regret.
Lesson Two: Your past does not disqualify you from giving peace!
Some struggle to believe they are eligible to participate in sharing the good news about Jesus because of their past. If the apostle Paul, who murdered Christians for fun before becoming a Christian is not disqualified from the good news, neither are you!
Lesson Three: Living in peace requires action!
So we know what does not disqualify us. What qualifies us for peace? Peace usually requires action on our behalf - specific action. That specific action not only impacts us but usually spills over to everyone around us.
Next Action: If you want to experience peace, it requires action. Telling the story of God’s grace and sharing the good news of Jesus often results in peace as we follow Christ. Who will you share good news with this week?