“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” ( Mathew 5:9).
Peace has been described as “freedom from disturbance…being in a state of tranquility”! Virtually every person desires peace because of its blessings. The absence of peace would mean being locked in a state of perpetual conflict, witnessing violence that endangers one’s life. Nations that are not at peace but plagued with war cause their peoples to flee and become refugees in other places. When a home lacks peace, with its members always at war with each other, certainly, some would rather move out than place themselves in a place of danger.
Now, the Christian faith is of peace. Long before Jesus was born the Prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” ( Isaiah 9:6). Before he ascended to heaven the Lord gave a blessing to his disciple, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” ( John 14:27).
Peace is one of the blessing of walking with Christ. The Apostle Paul in his benediction to the church in Thessalonica concluded with, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord will be with you all” (II Thessalonians, 3:16 ESV).
As believers we enjoy that peace. This is why scriptures warn us that when we find those who reject the faith, instead of putting up a war, as some other faith do, ours is, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” (Mathew 10:14). Believers in Christ bring and share the peace of the Lord wherever they happen to be. Where there is animosity they bring reconciliation. Where there are wars, they preach forgiveness. Where they find dissension bordering on cessation they preach unity that they may all be one under Christ.
Today, walk with that blessing and pass on the message of peace to your loved ones and those dear to your heart. That the peace of the Lord of peace abounds and put to rest hearts that are restless because He is here!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that your peace fills and overflows my heart, and I may gladly take it and share with all that they may believe, Christ is Lord, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!