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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 17

ABCs of Christmas (P) – Luke 2:14

What kind of peace do you have?

The “P” of Christmas is Peace. More Christmas cards seem to have the word “peace” on them than any other word. It may be because this is something that nearly all people desire, but worldwide peace seems impossible to achieve.

Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied about the coming Messiah in Luke 1:68–79. Among other things, he said that the Messiah would come “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (v. 79).
A few months later an angel announced the birth of the Messiah, and he said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

It is God’s desire that all people have peace, but for centuries there has been very little peace in Israel, where the One who came to bring peace was born. This is because there will not be peace between nations until there is peace in the hearts of the people who rule the nations.

Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Paul wrote, “God hath called us to peace (I Corinthians 7:15). He also wrote, “He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:14).

Peace is very personal. It must exist in the hearts of individual people. When individuals have the peace that God gives, then other kinds of peace can also be experienced.

If you want your family to really experience peace during this holiday season, make sure it begins in your heart. Then allow God to use you as a peacemaker with the rest of your family.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).