Peace Offered

Are you tired of all the discontent, violence, hatred, and utter chaos you see in the world? Do wish people would learn to just get along? Would you truly, honestly like to do something about it?

We see reports in our daily news of violence in schools, malls, and office buildings. News reports of discontent, discrimination, and abandonment are reported on a nearly daily basis. It can become overwhelming, and we can become numb to it.

At the time of Jesus coming into this world, there were two groups of people—the Israelites (God’s chosen people) and the Gentiles (everyone else). Of course, there were national disputes among a variety of nations. However, as far as God was concerned, there were those who knew Him and those who did not. We still see this dynamic today.

Jesus came into the world to reconcile all people to God. He came so that everyone, no matter their nationality, culture, gender, or personal preferences could be reconciled to Him, if they chose to. Through reconciliation, He brought peace to this world. Peace both personally and as a people.

So, how do we help bring peace to this world? Bring God into the equation. We pray for peace. We pray for more people to choose God. We tell others about God working in our lives. We invite people to come into our churches. We work toward a revival of God’s Word being the driving force behind our communities and ourselves.

I pray we all choose to pursue peace in our communities and our personal lives. I pray we tell others about the peace God offers. I pray each one of us spends time in God’s Word and in prayer for peace. Choose God. Accept the peace of Jesus. Be reconciled. Tell others about Jesus. Invite others to church. Work for revival.

Ephesians 2:14-18 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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