For the last two thousand years, peace on our planet has been at best a rare commodity. Wars continue to ravage innocent lives, domestic violence is a growing calamity, divorce rates soar, churches split, and peace in our restless and wayward heart seems to be an elusive dream. Where is the promised peace? Actually, we can see that Jesus brought all that is needed for peace in our world.
Jesus taught the principles of peace, calling for people to love their neighbors as they love themselves. And as He was leaving this planet, He promised, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you" (John 14:27). He told us to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, forgive offenses, reject greed, tolerate each other's weaknesses, live to serve and love one another as He has loved us.
It seems that in large part, peace is up to us. Paul verifies that in Romans 12:18, "As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." This Christmas, let's make peace our gift to the world in which we live as we reflect the Prince of Peace. When conflict drops into our lives, let's solve it peacefully. When we experience peace with God, we can share His peace with others,