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The God of Peace

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

The miracle of Christmas is that God came down to earth, a place designed for perfection, but, because of the fall, suffered under the weight of brokenness, sin, and death. The holy Child was born to walk among humanity, proclaiming the message of peace. Jesus Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, eased suffering, delivered the oppressed, and calmed the storms. Ultimately the manger led to the cross and then His resurrection. The enemy of our souls was conquered by the Prince of Peace.

During this Week of Peace during Advent, let us reflect on God’s peace. It transcends every circumstance and permeates every relationship. The God of Peace gives us peace. As a result, we can enjoy…

Peace with God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand (Romans 5:1-2).

Our relationship with God is secure. Through faith in Jesus, we fear no judgment. There are no obstacles or barriers. We are loved and protected by our heavenly Father, facing each day with assurance.

Peace with others

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace (Colossians 3:15).

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).

Because we have peace with God, we become ambassadors of peace. We follow the example of the Prince of Peace among fellow believers and non-believers alike. It is our calling to forgive as we have been forgiven, to help the needy even if they oppose us, and to overcome evil with good.

Peace with self

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

I know too many people who are kind to others, but are cruel to themselves. They are burdened by self-condemnation or tormented by anxiety. We need to declare, “God’s grace extends to me just as much as to everyone else. I am NOT an exception to His promises of peace.” As we trust Jesus, He surrounds our hearts and minds with peace.

Peace be with you.

PRAYER:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.” –St. Francis of Assisi

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