The Prince of Peace

When Jesus Christ was born, an angelic crowd proclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest, and peace in the earth to the people of his pleasure" (Lk 1,14). As recipients of God's peace, Christians are unique in this violent and selfish world. The Spirit of God leads Christians to a life of peacemaking, caring, giving, and love.

In contrast, the world around us is constantly involved in discord and intolerance, be it political, ethnic, religious or social. Even at this moment, entire regions are threatened by the onset of old anger and hatred. Jesus described this great difference that would characterize his own disciples when he told them, "I send you like sheep among the wolves" (Mt. 10,16).

The peoples of this world, split in so many ways, can not find the way to peace. The way of the world is the path of selfishness. It is the way of greed, envy, hatred. But Jesus told his disciples: "I leave the peace to you, my peace I give you. I do not give you the way the world gives "(Joh 14,27).

Christians are called to be eager before God to "pursue what is for peace" (Rom 14,19) and "pursue peace with everyone, and sanctification" (Hebr 12,14). They are partners in "all joy and peace ... through the power of the Holy Spirit" (Rom 15,13).

The kind of peace, "the peace that is higher than all reason" (Phil 4,7), overcomes divisions, differences, feelings of separateness and the spirit of partiality in which people are involved. Instead, this peace leads to harmony and a sense of common purpose and destiny - "unity in spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph 4,3).

It means that we are forgiven those who do us wrong. It means that we show mercy to those in need. It means that kindness, honesty, generosity, humility and patience, all underpinned by love, will characterize our relationship with other people. It means that greed, sexual sins, drug abuse, envy, bitterness, discord, and other people's abuse can not take root in our lives.

Christ will live in us. James wrote about Christians: "The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who bring peace" (Yak 3,18). This kind of peace also gives us the guarantee and security in the face of catastrophes, it gives us peace and quiet in the midst of tragedies. Christians are not immune to the problems of life.

Christians, like all other people, have to fight through times of tribulation and hurt. But we have the divine assistance and the assurance that He will support us. Even though our physical circumstances are dark and gloomy, the peace of God that lies within us holds us together, confidently and firmly, with confidence in the hope of Jesus Christ's return, when His peace will encompass the whole earth.

While we wait for that glorious day, let us remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3,15: "And the peace of God, you were called to her in one body, rule in your hearts; and be grateful. "Do you need peace in your life? The Prince of Peace - Jesus Christ - is the "place" where we will find this peace!

by Joseph Tkach

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