“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” – Mathew 5:9 (NIV).
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 subject themselves to constant danger.
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 therefore 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” (11 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). We are a peaceful people!
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 or civil discord 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 may abound and put to rest hearts that are restless because He is near!
Prayer for 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 that peace and spread it that they may believe, Christ is Lord, this I pray in Jesus’s name!