A Christmas catalogue featured three snow men holding candles of joy, love, and hope. Three of the four traditional themes of Advent. What was missing? Peace.
Peace is often missing from our lives.
In Philippians 4 Paul writes to stressed out people in conflict. How can they find peace again? Four commands:
- Count your blessings. Rejoice! Now. In your stressful situation. (4)
- Check your attitude. Be gentle. Don’t attack. (5)
- Give it to God. Cast your cares on God and he will give you peace. (6-7)
- Focus on the Positive. Focus only on what is good and right and beautiful. (8)
None of these come easily. It is easy to fight. It is easy to be offended. It is easy to nurture anxiety. It is easy to dwell on the negative.
But these four steps, if followed, will lead you to “the God of peace.” (9)