Mid Week Meditation


Mid Week Meditation pt. 34

Submitted on: December 4, 2017

Based on Bible text: Romans 12:18  

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

This is the season of peace. It is the time of the year when we celebrate the arrival of the Peacemaker and the beginning of a new message of “peace on earth, good will toward men”

Admittedly, we have little or no control over world peace other than to elect those who demonstrate an aptitude to soothe rather than intensify. We can work to promote people who are fair-minded.

Beyond that, the only peace we can possibly control is the peace close to us. That can be a challenge, even though God gave us moral principles to help us. However, we are challenged to follow God’s instructions to return evil with good.

We are encouraged to feed our hungry enemy what he least expects. Love is what our enemy expects least from us. It is not enough to leave the sinner in the hands of God. We play a role in the sinner’s redemption too. Our acts of kindness will soften the evil heart.

We are charged to “heap” the fire of love, on our enemy’s head. Why, because the fire of hate is no match for the fire of love. Love will melt away every hostility. Note, we return hate with love, not because it is to our advantage, but because Jesus teaches us to cherish the blessing of peace among men. What could be better than leading someone to a life in Christ, where they can share the joy of fellowship with God!

The painful truth is that we will be confronted, in our lives, with every kind of evil. We will always have to fight evil. We will face the evil of mockery and of profanity. We will be confronted with the evil of corruption as well as the evil of abuse, insult and false accusation.

But there is still a way to keep the peace around us. Let Jesus handle it for us! 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). “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

How do we keep peace on our portion of this earth? Our duty is to trust Jesus without question. We are to follow Jesus without hesitation and obey Jesus without doubt. In this season of peace, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with us!”

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