Second Week of Advent: Peace
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
"Therefore, now that we have been justified through faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1 (REB)
On the night that Christ was born the angels sang of God’s peace to all men who would accept it (Luke 2:14). Although God could have justly destroyed man because of his sin, He mercifully chose the good news of peace through Christ (Acts 10:36). On the other hand, Christ said that he did not come to bring peace on earth, knowing that his coming would cause dissension among religious leaders and political leaders, as well as divisions within families and between individuals (Luke 12:51-53). Those who do right and seek Christ will find peace in Him (John 16:33; Romans 2:10). God’s word of peace to His people is often associated with overcoming fear, as it did when the shepherds were told to not be afraid before they received the message of peace. We are called to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), with peace being the seed-bed of righteousness (James 3:18) resulting in rich blessings. We are to strive for peace and things that build peace (Romans 14:19; Hebrews 12:14), which will result in unity (Ephesians 4:3), just decisions (Colossians 3:15) and gifts of the Spirit, including love, joy, justice, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22; Romans 14:17). Christ said that his parting gift to us is His peace, a peace without fear, that the world cannot give (John 14:27). Praise be to God for His mercy, grace, love and peace.
Lord, in these days when there is no peace on earth, give us peace within, your peace, that we may share it and your love and grace with those around us. Amen.