We live in troubled times. Bombs rain from the sky, fighting erupts in many countries, germs are prepared to eliminate nations, economies collapse, and hunger, fear and despair prevail. Many have lost hope for peace and harmony.
Christ warned us about the future: Ã¢â‚¬ÂYou will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to passÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â (Matthew 24:6).
In the book of Revelation we read that peace was taken away from the earth (Revelation 6:4). Also, 2,700 years ago, God declared through his prophet Isaiah, " Ã¢â‚¬ËœThere is no peace,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ says the Lord, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfor the wickedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â (Isaiah 48:22; 57:21).
Who are the evil ones?
Many folk think that they are better than others, because they live a decent moral life. They may be better educated and more successful than the majority around them. Others think that their good deeds cancel their bad deeds so that the scale will weighted in their favor on the Day of Judgment. How wrong they are! When we compare ourselves with God, we fall incredibly short. Whoever measures himself with GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perfection and holy mercy will appear selfish and proud before him. With whom are you comparing yourself?
Many break the commandments of God in our day, because we have gotten used to sin. Ã¢â‚¬ÂThen the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continuallyÃ¢â‚¬Â (Genesis 6:5).
The prophet David cried, Ã¢â‚¬ÂThey have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not oneÃ¢â‚¬Â (Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:10-12).
Today many practise evil in public, without shame, shyness or repentance. Our world has become like Sodom and Gomorrah and we are part of it! We tolerate sin and know that the wrath of God will befall us all.
Ã¢â‚¬ÂGod resists the proud, But gives grace to the humbleÃ¢â‚¬Â (James 4:6)
Peace comes to us from God
The Merciful Lord revealed to the prophet Isaiah a secret that a unique child would be born. He will be a wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. There would be no end to his spiritual kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7). When the Son of Mary was born in Bethlehem, the angels rejoiced and sang joyfully:
Ã¢â‚¬ÂGlory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, on whom his favor rests!Ã¢â‚¬Â (Luke 2:14)
In spite of this grand offer, few open themselves to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s peace and are experience his wonderful mercy. Yet, GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eternal peace settles on everyone who accepts his promise and believes in him.
When Christ rose from the dead, he appeared to his frightened disciples and reassured them saying, Ã¢â‚¬ÂPeace belongs to youÃ¢â‚¬Â. (John 20:19, 21, 26)
By this salutation, the Son of Mary offered them everlasting peace, the peace with God that he has won by his atonement, according to the gracious prophecy:
"Surely He has borne our grief And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken; Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:4-6)
Christ reconciled us with God through his costly substitution, and purchased GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s peace and his favor for us. The Son of Mary does not force you to accept his spiritual peace, nor would he impose it on you; but he displays his peace before you that you may choose and receive it willingly and accept that privilege with praise and thankfulness.
Christ encouraged his followers saying,
Ã¢â‚¬ÂPeace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraidÃ¢â‚¬Â (John 14:27).
The Prince of Peace offers his spiritual peace, which rests in himself, to everyone who trusts his word. He who receives the spirit of peace will be changed and turned into a Ã¢â‚¬Âson of peaceÃ¢â‚¬Â, or a Ã¢â‚¬Âdaughter of peaceÃ¢â‚¬Â. The apostle Paul confirmed this genuine secret in his own experiences when he stated,
Ã¢â‚¬ÂHaving been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus ChristÃ¢â‚¬Â (Romans 5:1).
Multitudes of seekers have actually received the spirit of peace now dwelling in their hearts. We encourage you to ask God to fulfill his promise in you, on the strength of Christ`s atonement. He offers his peace to whoever trusts his claims and receives his promised gift.
The spirit of peace will effect in you the cleansing of your mind and heart from all lies and impurities. He assures you that all your sins are forgiven on account of ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s atonement. This blessed spirit, who then dwells in you for your reconciliation with God through Christ, creates and establishes that eternal peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers
The Holy Spirit develops, in the followers of Christ, pure love, divine joy, eternal peace, patient kindness, longsuffering, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness with self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you think that your heart longs to enjoy such qualities? That pure spiritual life is your wish and the hidden desire that you are searching for.
The God of peace wants to change you into a source of his peace in the midst of your rotten surroundings. He who receives divine peace can pass it on to others. He who obtains forgiveness of his sins can also forgive those who sin against him. Christ is willing to spread his peace into your family, school and working place. Do not be self-centered or proud about your spiritual service, for the Son of Mary makes you humble and meek just as he was when he lived among us. Christ served the righteous and the vile. He who follows in his footsteps does not become haughty, but remains a servant as Christ was to everybody.
The apostle Paul gives the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blessing to you personally, as long as you serve the Lord with gladness:
"The peace of God, Which surpasses all understanding, Will guard your hearts and minds Through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)
Do you want to receive the peace of God?
If you write to us, we shall send you the Gospel of Christ together with meditations and prayers, which can help you to stay firm in the peace of God.
Spread the good news of peace with God, in your surroundings Christ closed his teachings with the following message of comfort:
"These things I have spoken to you, That in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)