From now on all his dealings with us are for our good. He will never be against us—he is our Father and our friend. Because we have peace with God through being justified by faith, we can begin to grow in the enjoyment of peace with ourselves, including any sense of guilt or anxiety that tends to paralyze us or make us feel hopeless. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. The picture here is that our hearts and minds are under assault. Guilt, worries, threats, confusions, uncertainties—they all threaten our peace.
This Christmas, take your anxieties to God. Tell him about them, and ask him to help you, protect you, and to restore your peace. Then you will be able to carry on, while God gets the glory for what you do because you trusted him. God also wants us to enjoy his peace in our relationships with other people. For many of you, when you get together with family for Christmas, there will be some awkward and painful relationships. Some of the pain is very old, while some of it is new.
In some relationships you know what you have to do, no matter how hard it is. In both cases, trust the promises of God with heartfelt awareness of how he forgave you through Christ. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. It may be thrown back in your face. Keep being more amazed that your wrongs are forgiven than that you are being wronged.
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Continually cultivate a sense of amazement that in spite of all your sins, God has forgiven you through Christ. Be amazed that you have peace with God and with your soul.
Your guilt is taken away. Keep trusting God. Keep his glory—not your success or your effectiveness in relationships—of supreme importance in your heart.
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