27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

It could be said that we are living in the “Age of Anxiety.” Do you agree? Though our experiences of unrest may vary, there is no doubt that a lack of peace is one of the themes of living in a broken world. What are we to do when anxiety seems to surround us on all sides? We look to the Author of peace for reassurance.

Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus as the Prince of Peace. The prophet prophesied of Jesus’ birth some 700 years before it took place. It was certain this Child would be different. Jesus is able to provide peace for us because He is the One who has achieved peace between God and man.

Romans 5:1 says that it is through Jesus that we are now justified and have peace with God. The enemy seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to trigger stress and take our peace away. Commit this verse to memory as a reminder when anxiety rises. Declare its truth and claim the peace that Jesus has given you. This Christmas, seek not to be anxious, but to live in an attitude of prayer and thanksgiving. Let us be filled with gratitude and generosity. Because of Jesus, it is actually possible to live with peace, no matter the trouble that we face in the world.

• Where are you most afraid or troubled? How will you seek peace in Christ?

• Who is someone you need to seek peace with through reconciliation? How will you act to pursue this peace?

• Thank God that we have peace with Him and peace in our lives because of Christ.