Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Perfect Gifts: Peace

We can all use some more peace on earth.

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Colossians 1:19-20 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

The infant child arrived on a night that was just like any other as far as most people could tell. But in this small corner of the world there was a magnificent event taking place. The God of all creation became Immanuel, God with us, the Prince of Peace came to change our relationship with God and with our fellow man.

Ever since the original sin in the Garden of Eden the world has been in chaos. Satan hated mankind because God said that they were the most excellent part of his creation. Satan knew that he could break that relationship that God enjoyed with man. The original sin was the beginning of strained relationships, immediately the relationship with God became a fearful one and the relationship between the two humans became mixed with pride and selfishness.

Peace with God

Romans 5:1,10-11 Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. 
Jesus told us over and over again during his three years of ministry that he came so that he could die to pay the debt that we owed for our sins. That was his main agenda.

Our situation was hopeless and there wasn't any way for us to fix our broken relationship with God. As soon as you were conceived you became an enemy of God, your sin nature put you at odds with him, but he loved you too much to leave you in that condition.

Peace with Man

Romans 12:16-18 Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 
We are to approach our relationships with our fellow man the same way that Jesus treated us, he didn't give us what we deserve, he didn't seek revenge for those that hurt him, he didn't even raise his voice in anger to defend himself. All of the natural reactions to being wronged are to be put aside.
"True love never thinks evil of the beloved. It is never suspicious, but always supportive and inspiring. True love bears all things. Nothing weakens or undermines it. It is a rock, an anchor, a foundation for all the years to come." -Billy Graham
Our response should be one that comes out of real love like it is demonstrated by Jesus and as it is described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. We should be able to make peace with those around us as a result of the peace that we have with God, he went to the extreme to fix relationships and he expects us to do the same. How far will you go to mend a broken relationship?
John 14:27  "I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." 
The biblical concept of peace does not focus on the absence of trouble. It is ironic that Jesus taught his disciples about peace on the night before He was arrested and sentenced to die. Peace was one thing that the disciples didn't feel that night.

Not only did Jesus teach it but he lived it out as an example to us. During his trial and the beatings he was given Jesus never lost peace, he proved that Biblical peace is unrelated to our circumstances.

Thank you Lord for bringing peace to our relationship, a peace that affects every part of my life. Help me to show peace to the world so that they will know the Prince of Peace.