The Gift of Peace

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Reading: 1 Peter 3: 8-12

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Summary

A gift from God – peace, perfect peace.
At 11am we pause and reflect on the 16 million people who lost their lives in the First World War.
In the Second World War 60 million people were killed. Since then the world has had more wars including Korean, Vietnam, the Cold War, and Afghanistan.
There are only 10 countries in the world not currently engaging in war or conflict.
Where is this Gift of Peace?
What does peace mean to you?
The war against crime, poverty, class, gender, and family division.
What does our Christian faith have to teach us about peace?
It’s more than the absence of something.

Biblical Peace
The word for “peace” in the Bible is “Shalom” which means peace be with you. And it also means:
Completeness
Soundness
Feeling of well-being
People being in harmony with each other.

In today’s Reading 1 Peter 3: 8-12 Peter was writing to a church which was undergoing persecution. His message is the same for us today. Live lives of true disciples – if you live righteously according to Jesus’ teaching then you will experience God’s peace which surpasses all understanding.
Jesus promised that there will not be peace until he returns.
That does not mean we should not continue to strive for peace – we should still strive, pursue and seek to achieve peace in our lives.
So how can we achieve peace?

Steps to Shalom
1. Peace with God.
We must recognise that we will do wrong, but Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has enables us to have a right relationship with God.
2. Peace with one another.
We must be sympathetic,have real relationships and be understanding of each other.
3. Peace with our neighbour.
We must get on with people. Pray for your neighbours.

Shalom, peace to you all!