Throughout Scripture, the word PEACE is often associated with the coming of the Messiah and His impact on His followers. Isaiah refers to Him as “the Prince of Peace” (9:6), and Luke quotes the company of heavenly host as praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth PEACE to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) John shares Jesus words, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you:” (John 14:27) and Paul teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit includes “love, joy and PEACE.” (Galatians 5:22). Clearly, one of the qualities of those who follow Jesus is the PEACE they experience, and the influence they have in bringing PEACE to their relationships.
Our world seems filled with turmoil, strife, confusion, and conflict. In this environment we can easily drift into the flow of our culture and find ourselves embroiled in conflict, often feeling justified in defending ourselves, our values, and our beliefs. In this context, it is critical to step back and reevaluate our motivation and the assignment we have from the Prince of Peace. “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Our PEACE does not come from the world around us, and it is not dependent on the circumstances we face. PEACE comes from the One who is our PEACE! May the Babe of Bethlehem be the source of your PEACE knowing that “the PEACE of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)