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Peace, Peace December 20, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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People often talk about peace this time of year.  You hear the phrase: “Peace on earth good will towards men”.  God promised his chosen one would bring peace.  So why, almost two thousand years after his coming, do we still have war and strife?   Let’s look for a moment at some passages from the word of God, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words about the coming Messiah about seven hundred years before Christ:

Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire. 
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace . 
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.

But for many in this world things go on as they always have.  The prophet Jeremiah passed on this message from God to those who would not listen to his instruction:

They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.

Christ came to bring about peace between God and mankind.  He indeed accomplished this.  Those who follow Jesus have peace with God and with one another.  To put it another way, a more personal way, if you and I have peace with God we will have peace with each other.  We can have peace with God by believing his promise and following his instruction.  Jesus knew that in this world, even after he completed his work in the flesh and returned to the Father, there would continue to be disagreement.  Jesus said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace , but a sword“.  Jesus knew that there would continue to be a contrast between those who follow him and those who follow the ways of the world:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace . In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Christ overcame the world when he rose form the dead.  Christ brought about the peace with God that was promised.  But until his return we will all be among those who have not yet understood this and remain separate from this peace.  This is why we still have war and strife in this world.  So what if you decided to be an activist for peace, how would you go about doing that?   Or to put it another way, whose plan for peace would you follow?  First we all need to believe God’s promise and follow his instruction to achieve peace with God, then we should pass that on amongst each other.  We should educate and encourage each other in God’s instruction.  This is the only way to achieve real peace.  Since this is turning out to be a scripture heavy post I’ll close with a passage from the apostle Peter, he quotes from the book of Psalms and the prophet Isaiah:   

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech. 
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it. 
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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