How would you describe the word peace? Is it silence. Solitude. Tranquility. A breath taking sunrise or sunset. The absence of violence. The presence of justice. The eradication of war. What is true peace? While there are many definitions I like this one; harmony between two individuals or groups. This is what Jesus came to bring us. Before coming to Christ we had no peace for we were in conflict with God. But through Jesus death and resurrection the offer of peace is made to us all. We can now stand in right relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus wants this peace to be life-long in its effect (John 14:27) and his desire is that his follower be fellow peacemakers (Mark 9:50).
Yet just like peace was no easy thing for Jesus to obtain (it cost him his life). So peace often comes with a high price tag for his followers as well. Here are a few of the ways you and I are called to wear the hat of peace-maker.
Perhaps one of the most challenging tasks for the Christian is to bring harmony back into a relationship with another Christian. Don’t forget we are fallen people serving a living God. Mistakes and offenses will happen…even in the church. Christians must be forgiving and reconciling people especially among one another. So many times the Christian community is lousy at the following forms of peace-making because we are war with one another.
Making peace with a world that hates us.
The Apostle John made it crystal clear that when we live for Jesus in the world we will not be liked. Don’t expect to get invited to all the great parties the world throws. The world stands against all the Christ stands for….so naturally they oppose Christ’s followers. But we must be people who forgive the wrongs done to us by the world. Remember, they need a Savior. They need to find peace themselves. Our part is to invite peace by refusing to hold onto and remember the wrongs done to us. Challenging but important. We are called to return harmony between ourselves and the world…and often this is done at our own cost.
Bring peace to a world that hates itself.
Watch the news for just a minute a day and that’s enough to know the world is imploding. People hating people. People killing and maiming people. There is no harmony to be found. As Christians who have harmony with God and with the world, we need to be the contradiction. We need to bring peace to a world of hate. It is possible to live differently. Don’t be afraid that one voice can’t make a difference; God calls us to bring peace. Perhaps this means that you intervene in a family fuede that is long standing. Perhaps you lead a prayer in the office for the unrest in the middle east. Where is God calling you to bring peace? I pray you find your place and let your voice be heard.
How would you describe the peace that Jesus Christ has brought into your life?
Anyone know what movie the helmet hails from? Hint: Another cult classic.