How we all long for peace! Peace in our homes. Peace in our workplace. Peace in our community. Peace in our world.
But history shows us that we human beings, as a whole species, can't even find peace of mind, let alone peace from strife with our fellow man.
I know that it is a part of the Christmas story, but I am reminded once again of what the angels said to the shepherds the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem. "I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (that means you and me).
Joy is a wonderful gift for mankind, and it is available to all of us.
The word joy means "much jump." When we have joy, we feel as though we can live peacefully through all situations.
Indeed, God offered a great gift on that night. But he didn't stop there. The angels spoke of another gift that God wished to bestow on the whole Earth, for they added the words, "... and on earth, peace! Good will toward men."
Now it seems that this part of the word of God is not true. But it is!
In another portion of scripture found in the Old Testament we find some prophetic words concerning Jesus.
Isaiah said, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father..."
It looks like all these awesome attributes would be enough to describe the Son of God, but Isaiah added one more title: " the Prince of Peace!"
Christ did come to bring peace to a very troubled world. However, Isaiah also told us that Christ and his message would be rejected. In doing so, the world also rejected his peace.
But how wonderful that in the midst of all the trouble and grief found in the world today, an individual can find the peacemaker for himself.
Peace is of prime importance in our homes. We need to offer our families an atmosphere of peace when they walk through the doors of our homes. Our children need to walk out our doors and go to their schools with a peaceful spirit. The adults need to be able to leave a peaceful home and go into the workplace with that gift of peace surrounding them.
As the individual meets the peacemaker and accepts his gift of peace, then peace will begin to be a reality in our communities and in our world.
John 14:27 states, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Jesus has offered peace to every believer. We can have this peace no matter what is happening in our world today.
I like the bumper sticker I once saw that said, "No Jesus, no peace; Know Jesus, know peace!" How true.
He is still the Prince of Peace and I can belong to his kingdom. When I belong to him, I can live every day in the realm of peace. I don't need to live in conflict and anger.
Hurtful words and actions have no dominance in a peaceful home. Screaming, name-calling, rages, door-slamming and misunderstandings do not have to be a part of your life. Find the Prince of Peace and you'll find a new lifestyle.
He is still offering the same deal peace to you and your family.
Stuart Churchill is pastor of the Kenai United Pentecostal Church at Mile 16.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. All are invited to attend services with the church. Sunday school is from 1 to 2 p.m. and worship service is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-4949 or 283-5860.
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