The Gift of Peace

Today’s Devotional is offered by Ruth Finch

For unto us a child is born: Unto us a son is given: And the government shall be on
His shoulder: And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and Peace there shall be no end.
-Isaiah 9: 6, 7

In the scripture from Isiah announcing the birth of the baby Jesus, He is called the Prince of Peace. What does that mean to us at this Christmas season? Are we all aglow with the thought of a sweet little peaceful baby? What does this life of peace mean for us?

If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, then I wonder if we are called to be the peacemakers? Are we to love ourselves, to give up unkind words, and violent tempers? Can we accept and celebrate the difference in others? Can we actively engage in making Christ’s peace for the world around us?

Peacemaking was Jesus’ Lifestyle. He worked for things that made peace. If we embody the actions of Christ by following in His footsteps, then His work of peacemaking is now ours. In so doing, we will make a difference. The birth of the Prince of Peace can truly be celebrated at this Joyous Advent Season as we make Peacemaking our watchword.