10th November 2017

Are You For Peace? 

My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace.  I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for war.
Psalm 120:6-7 (NKJV)

King David was not allowed to build the first temple in Jerusalem because he was a man of war, and yet he made the statement above, “I am for peace.” As he wrote, he had been too long in the company of those who hated peace, but at times David himself was all too ready to fight and to go to war.

Each year, during Remembrance Day celebrations, we seem to say the same thing, “I am for peace,” and yet I wonder whether our behaviour backs that statement up. Of course, we may be for peace on a general level in that we don’t want another world war or any wars and rumours of wars, but what about on a personal level? Is this not where the animosity and hostility that lead to war begins? “Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves” (James 4:1 the MESSAGE).

Perhaps this Remembrance weekend, as we reflect on the futility of war and think about the millions who have died as the result of countless conflicts, we can also ask ourselves some hard questions. Are we for peace, and, if so, how do we show it to our spouses, families, friends, neighbours, workmates and those we don’t like? Is it sometimes that when we speak, we are for war?

Let’s side with Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and declare meaningfully, “I am for peace.” 

Peace-loving Father, I pray for the peace that only you can give, not just for this world, but also for me personally that I may glorify you in all that I do and say. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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