Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
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If we have a modicum of common sense I think we all would like to see peace in this world. It seems nearly every day there’s a new act of violence or a group with the voice of discord springing up in some new corner of this world. Yet the eternal hope that resides in my heart says that one day my Savior is coming and it won’t always be like this. Jesus will return and bring peace like the world has never known.
Until that time we can’t allow ourselves as children of God to sit around and wait for that glorious day like there’s nothing for us to do. God’s word exhorts us to be telling others about Jesus’ great love and forgiveness. In Luke 2:14 the angels proclaimed that God offers ‘peace’ and ‘good will’ to all men. How will they hear this message unless God’s people tells those without peace and hope about God’s greatest gift? Jesus said: “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” So in one sense peace in this world begins with ‘you and me’.
I encourage all of us not to let ourselves get caught up in the grumbling and complaining about the poor conditions we see around us. It doesn’t bring peace and doesn’t solve problems. Neither do I recommend we put our heads in the sand and pretend this will all go away.
The bible says we are to be ‘wise as serpents’ and 'harmless as doves.' God may not call you to impact a whole world, but you can impact one person at a time. You know, that’s exactly what Jesus did. He never stood and preached great political sermons, instead He preached peace with God through salvation in Him. He did not preach radical social messages, but He did say: “...love others as we love ourselves” THIS is the fulfilling of all the law. The truth is, how can we seek to harm others if instead we are seeking to do them good? We may not change the course of this world, but we are called to preach the good news and see the change God makes in one’s heart. Never under estimate the value and impact of one changed life.
This Christmas season, let us remember the reason that God sent His only begotten Son into this sin, retched world, “to seek and to save that which was lost.” Let us recommit ourselves to be people of prayer, love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy. It will astound you to discover the power this ‘demonstration’ of peace has in someone’s life, and the peace it will bring to one’s heart.