peace on earth

Luke 12:51 (ESV)

51 “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Hang on a sec. I thought Jesus was supposed to be the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:7)?

Well, yes and no.

He clearly fulfills the prophecy foretold in Isaiah. But this represents the bigger picture.

As believers we are “reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:20).

And, in time, we will be “reconciled to all things” (Colossians 1:20).

But in the meantime, sadly, there will be disagreement. Perhaps animosity. Even open hostility.

Our friends and family may not agree with us. Their views and beliefs will not necessarily match ours.

We know that the world as a whole “loves the darkness” (John 3:19).

That’s why Jesus came. To be the “light of the world” (John 8:12).

Yet Jesus clearly says to His disciples that they too “are not of the world”, “therefore the world hates [them]” (John 15:19).

Thus, we too are “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Hence the cause of the “division”.

We should expect it. Not seek it. But understand it.

As Christians, we are called to be rebels. Our words and deeds, if done to honour and glorify God, will often be counter-cultural.

We should not strive to please or placate the world or conform to society’s status quo in order to keep-the-peace.

Rather, we should “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught” (Titus 1:9).

Despite what it may cost us (Luke 9:57ff).

Kim+

prayer : help me to be true to God’s Word

action : “do not be ashamed” (2 Timothy 1:8)

we have peace with God

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (ESV)

Peace is not an easy thing to find.

Living in a world where people constantly strive for power, dominance, success, and wealth – just to name a few – it can feel like we’re in a maelstrom that is completely out of our control.

But what peace is there in “having it all” when you don’t even have a relationship with the living God?

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

Yet with the knowledge that Christ died for us; with the understanding that through His resurrection we too can have eternal life; with the assurance that faith in Him will give us the peace we truly long for deep inside, how can we do anything else but fall on our knees in awe and gratitude.

As Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)

Kim+

prayer : thank you Jesus for the gift of peace

action : meditate on God’s peace

greetings

“To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2 (ESV)

I love how Paul addresses his letters. Such warmth and sincerity.

I don’t see anyone else doing it quite like this nowadays.

Emails and text messages are so short and abrupt.

But how wonderful to see Paul taking the time to ponder over how to start a letter to someone he truly cares for. A letter to someone he loves.

And here Paul does it by sharing not only his own feelings but three gifts in particular that come directly from God: namely grace, mercy, and peace.

There’s plenty to say about all three but I’ll leave that for another day.

For now, I just want to greet anyone reading this blog and especially this post.

Kim+

prayer : thank God for His generous gifts of grace, mercy, and peace

action : commit to reading the Bible every day