Day 17 | Peace With Each Other
Reading: Ephesians 2:14-16
Advent has always been a season of peacefulness. In the first World War, soldiers celebrated what was called the “Christmas ceasefire.” They would exit trenches and celebrate Christmas with their enemies by exchanging provisions and playing soccer in snow-covered fields. Sometimes the ceasefire would last through New Year's but it almost always resulted in the battle continuing. Peace is a delightful practice, but without Jesus, peace is unattainable. It merely becomes a ceasefire.
As we focus on the life of Jesus this Advent, we are reminded that Jesus is the one who brought us peace. Paul informs us in Ephesians that Christ is our peace; the source of our personal peace and our ability to offer peace to others. If peace were calmness or a lack of confrontation, it would merely be a ceasefire. But, any ceasefire can be broken. It’s only through the transformative power of Jesus that we surrender our desires in order to be at peace with those around us. We acknowledge that Christ is master over chaos. Paul says elsewhere “do all that you can to live at peace with everyone.” This Christmas, let the Spirit lead you in being a peacemaker.
Question: How can I bring the peace of Jesus into my life and the lives of those around me today?