I know that Christmas is more than four months away but the message of Christmas “Peace on earth, good will to men” (Luke 2:14) is needed more than ever. Conflicts rage all around us. Families are fractured. Friendships are strained. Nations are at war. Hate groups are active.
The absence of peace is a sign that something isn’t right. We live in a fallen world; a world broken by sin, and many times innocent people are caught in the crossfire. So peace is needed more than ever _ peace with people and peace with God.
Scripture is very realistic about the church’s role in the quest for peace on earth. The writer of Hebrews said: “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy…” (Hebrews 12:14) Paul says in Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Unfortunately, even when the church is doing their best to bring peace there are going to be peace-busters at work. So, with this conflict going on there needs to be something or someone that will swing the pendulum toward peace and the good news is that there is SOMEONE that can do what seems impossible for us.
The peace of God comes when there is a right relationship with God and that comes through Jesus Christ. That’s exactly what the angels proclaimed. It’s also something that Jesus promised His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27) Now that is one extraordinary promise, and one that everyone can have.
No one will ever be able to please everyone, but do what you can to do what’s right. You may be dealing with a strained or broken relationship but don’t let your imperfect relationships with people deprive you of enjoying peace with God
I don’t know the full circumstances of your life however, I assume that some of them are not so good. You may be facing a health problem or a financial problem or a relationship problem. You may be living with an inner ache that comes from the death of loved one, or the death of a dream or the devastation of a personal betrayal. Life can deal out some pretty tough stuff. The Lord told us that we would all have trouble however, He also told us that in Him we would find peace, as we focus not on our troubles but on our Savior. (John 16:33)
So church, let’s be peace agents by proclaiming Jesus in all we do and say.