John 14:27 NLT
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The gift is for someone else. The gift has your name on it.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God so loved
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s gift has your name on it. The gift has to be earned.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.
We don’t earn God’s gift; we receive God’s gift.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The gift is to be opened later, not now.
2 Corinthians 6:2b
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor; now is the day of salvation.
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
Trust that with God in charge, my future is better.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?
Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
For to us, a child is born; to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Peace isn’t the absence of crisis but the presence of Christ.