Peace on Earth Day 7 – A World at War
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, ESV)
I don’t ever turn on the news these days. Sometimes I feel so uninformed when certain conversations come up about politics and happenings around the world, but to be honest, the news sickens me. Every day it’s full of bad things—wars, murders, disasters. There is not much in the news that’s comforting, and not only does it reveal a world devoid of peace, but it can steal ours as well.
Because our world has been broken by sin, peace isn’t possible here. We look for it. We long for it. People wish for world peace, but it just won’t happen while the world is in its fallen state. Our world is nothing like Eden before sin entered; it’s fraught with wars and drought, famine and pandemics. Every moment of every day, in every corner of the world, true peace is lacking.
So what do we do as believers? Do we hide in our homes and keep to ourselves? It can be tempting at times, but that will not solve the issue. What we can do is strive to be peaceful with everyone and not contribute to the chaos and wickedness of the world and its systems. This allows us to reflect God’s Light in the darkness that is present in our communities.
Being peaceable people means we will need to let go of personal pride, grudges, sarcasm, and having the last word. It means we exchange biting comments and negativity with grace and kindness. This takes self-discipline and spiritual maturity, but is absolutely possible when the Holy Spirit guides our thoughts and actions.
Holidays can be stressful. As families and friends get together, sometimes insensitive words are spoken that hurt someone. Don’t let it be you that says them. May we promote His peace among our relationships and in our communities and refuse to contribute to the warring of the world in all of its sinfulness. People will notice, and when they do, point them to the Source of your peace—Jesus!