25th March 2011

Peace

“Now the God of peace be with you all.”
Romans 15:33 (NKJV)

We have a plaque on our front wall with the word ‘Shalom’, which means peace.  Many countries are presently in turmoil and desperately need peace.  Egypt and Libya may have peace talks, but is peace just the absence of war?  What does the Bible say about peace?

We hear the lovely words, ‘Prince of Peace’ in the wonderful prophecy of the birth of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 9:6, which begins with the familiar “For unto us a child is born…”  And when Jesus was born, the angels and heavenly host praised God saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!” (Luke 2:14).  Later Luke records Zacharias’ prophecy over Jesus  saying that he came “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79)  As he was talking to his disciples just before his crucifixion in John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

When I was young I was very concerned about peace and went on one of the marches to ban the bomb.  The Prince of Peace has called us to be peacemakers.  In the Sermon on the Mount, he teaches, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9).  Jesus taught us to forgive our enemies and pray for them.

As Christians we can pray for peace.  Let us all seek peace in this troubled world.  Let peace fill our hearts, let peace be part of us.  As the lovely song goes, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, let us pray for the countries in turmoil that they can seek peace.  Let our examples be of peace and love.
Amen

Study by Joan Esom

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