Saint Augustine said, “The purpose of all war is ultimately peace.”
Our Father in heaven wanted to bring His family peace and he knew there was a war to fight to obtain that peace. He wanted to bring His family to Himself in heaven, perfected in peace, rich in His love, and in full fellowship with Him.
When Father God sent Jesus into the earth, He sent angels to announce His praise and His purpose. The angels cried out, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Later on Zacharias prophesied that Jesus would come “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” So PEACE IS IN YOUR PACKAGE!
Jesus Himself felt the frustration at the lack of response from the people whenever he presented the Gospel of Peace. He said, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
In fact, when Jesus saw the resistance of mankind against this Gospel of peace, it became obvious that His quest for peace was going to divide, as it were, the men from the boys. His quest to bring peace would bring division! For this reason, it sounds as though there is a contradiction when Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Why a sword? Because not everyone in this world embraces the peace that Christ came to give.
Of course, we have the outer conflict against peace from those who would rise up with hatred against the cross of Jesus Christ. But we have an inner conflict against peace that would rise within our souls against the cross of Christ.
General Douglas MacArthur said, “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”
Do you have the will to win this war? Is there still some FIGHT left in you? Come on! Jesus descended from heaven to fight the ultimate war to bring us victory. Can I tell you Jesus is in it to win it!! He was here to fight for our peace and if we are in Him and He is in us, then we are in it to win it, too!
So let’s be STRONG. Let’s hold onto that victory, that climate of freedom that was paid for by the blood of US soldiers. Let’s hold onto that victory, that peace that creates the climate of freedom, that peace paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ when he hung on the cross and died that we may have peace internally and peace with God. Put on the shoes of peace.
Peace to the US! Peace to US, the children of God!
Let’s pray for the USA just as King David prayed for his nation:
For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you (Psalm 122:8.”
Perhaps you’re struggling to hold on right now. Hang in there. Tomorrow I want to talk about PEACE ROBBERS–things like sickness, sleeplessness, and war. Keep the faith!