Jesus our peace – Part 1
Word Of Hope
It is very obvious that our nation, families and the entire World need the peace of God. The way of peace has been forsaken. The rate of brutality is alarming these days. Therefore, Jesus Christ is the Source of peace in such a time like this. The peace in Jesus Christ includes wholeness, well-being, prosperity and security. The present situation in Nigeria reveals that there are disquietude, chaos and health challenges, which aggravated to fear. The good news is that Jesus Christ has promised us fullness of life in Him. “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)
• Jesus gives Peace to troubled life. “And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Trouble comes from heart and it leads to lack of rest and unnecessary anxiety of life. What is that challenge of life confronting you today— joblessness, barrenness and periodical sickness? The Prince of peace will address your case this week in Jesus name!
• Jesus taught Peace. One of the primary purposes of Jesus’ ministry is teaching transforming messages that will promote peace of life in the society. Jesus in His teaching on the Mount emphasised that His followers be characterised by Peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
• Christians should not promote violence and strife. Apostle Paul’s admonition to Christians in Rome is that Christians are to do whatever possible to “Live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Christians are hereby urged to embrace peace and allow peaceful co-existence, as stated in the scriptures.
• Finally, Love gives birth to Peace. Love is very paramount to the family life, society and church. Jesus emphasised a transforming message to His followers: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neigbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 10:38-39; 43-44). Every believer should abide with the principle love as found in the Bible. Paul says “Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore, love is the fulfilment of the law” (Romans 13:10). Therefore, let the love of Christ in you spread to others, as you go out this week.
Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Ojo, Christ the Rock Baptist Church, Mende, Maryland, Lagos (The Glorious Church)
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