As seasons are changing and the holidays are drawing near, I think of the greeting we often see in Christmas cards -“Peace on earth”. Where did that come from? Can we really have peace on the earth? Luke 2:14 says “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men”. That’s a nice “user-friendly” sentiment but when we get to Luke 12:15, Jesus says “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth, I tell you, not at all, but rather division”. When Christ’s birth is announced we see a message bring peace, yet Jesus tell’s us his message brings division. Why the contradiction? Receiving the message of Christ should bring personal peace but to many it will be a “stumbling block”, an area of frustration and confusion. Here is the good news: in John 14:27 Jesus states: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. Peace is for us, the believers, even when surrounded by a world rejecting the gospel.
So how do we live in this peace? We should start by looking at II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. We keep our eyes on the eternal, rather than on what is temporary. Titus 3:9 says “But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless”. We live in peace when we stay away from foolish discussions or associations. This also reminds me of what someone once taught me regarding the definition of leadership: “Being able to keep your head while everybody else is losing theirs”. God will also bring our peace through time in His Word and time with the Holy Spirit. Psalm 119:105 says “Thy Word is a lamp unto My feet” and Zechariah 4:6 states “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts”. When we live a life that sees beyond the division of society, focused on His promises, and being led by the Spirit, our hearts find peace. In Christ you can always have peace.