Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peace is a sign of harmony characterized by the lack of violence. It also means the absence of hostility and vengeance. In Hebrew, the word 'Shalom' is used for Peace. It means 'soundness, completeness and well being. It is used when one asks of or prays for the welfare of another, when one is in harmony with another, when one seeks the good of a city or country. It may mean material prosperity or physical safety. Peace and reconciliation are interrelated. If there is no reconciliation, there is no peace. It is also related with justice and righteousness, justice lose, no peace no harmony.
God is the source of peace. Peaceful nature is one of the attributes of God. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, peace had broken. But God reconciled with man only through His begotten son Jesus Christ. Jesus incarnation made peace in the world. In Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased".
In a Christian life, peace does not focus on the absence
of troubles, trials and difficulties are there. St. Paul had peace when he was in jail at Philippi. He was not frustrated or afraid in jail; he sang and praises God in jail. He became confident that God was being gracious to him. When he got a chance to communicate with the jailor, he said about God's peace and brought him and his family into salvation. In James 1: 2-3 "Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trails, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness".
In Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God". We entered into a new year. Let us examine ourselves and pray to God to do His will in this world.
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)