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Pastors' Wives Resource site provided by the Sunday School Discipleship Ministries International, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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Peace on Earth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Hardin   

Peace on earth sounds like an oxymoron as we celebrate Christmas. The United States can hardly be described as peaceful. Other countries resound similar sentiments as they endure political and social battles among themselves. The angels announced “Peace on Earth” and people have been looking for peace ever since. Is it possible to obtain peace in today’s world? Most evening news broadcasts cause us to answer negatively.

Perhaps we need to look at the concept of peace from an internal rather than outward perspective. When the angels announced Jesus’ birth, the Roman Empire was experiencing certain measure of external peace.  However, as one ancient skeptic wrote, the emperor could only offer a temporary peace free of war. He could not offer peace of heart or peace from “passion, grief, and envy.”
What is this peace for which we long? It is not passivity or stagnation or sterility or a negative attitude of non-involvement. Peace requires a humble heart and lowly spirit. Peace is selfless, self-giving, self-losing, self-forgetting, self-sacrificing love of God.  It is love standing strong, reliable, serene, and dependable in spite of our behaviors and selfishness.

Peace-filled individuals display a quiet attitude of serenity and good will, maintained by a steadfast focus on Jesus Christ. Peace-filled individuals know life will be filled with disappointments, up-and-downs, struggles, and difficult situations. And yet, they also know a “peace that passes understanding” when these times occur.

Matt was in the middle of a difficult time. Everywhere he turned, he met frustration, disappointment, or challenges head-on. He wondered where God was. He struggled to maintain a peaceful attitude and appearance. One day he found himself singing “there is peace in the midst of a storm-tossed sea.” The words of the gospel song had new meaning as he realized there really was a sense of peace—even though his life was anything but peaceful.

This peace results from our relationship with Jesus Christ. As we allow Jesus into our lives, He gives a new life that finds its expression in peace. As we give control of life’s events to Jesus, we become persons of peace. We discover that it is possible to be at peace with ourselves, others, and God.

The peace that God gives offers healing. God’s peace heals wounds, provides consolation, and brings a calm to the storms of life.  Peace becomes an affirmation of a current relationship with Jesus as it fills our inner beings when there is little peaceful about our lives.

The peace of God does not insulate us against quarrels and misunderstandings. It does, however, enable us to face them with good cheer and self-less love. W. Philip Keller in A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit writes, “As God’s people of peace we need not be victimized by our detractors. We can be at peace with them, as Christ was, even if they are at odds with us.”

Peace comes as we continue to submit our lives to God’s control and authority.  We may need to confront our unpeaceful behaviors and seek God’s help as we give issues to Him. As we sincerely pray for God to change us, He will begin to make us instruments of His peace--a peace that empowers us to be peacemakers in a troubled world.

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