And he [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Eph. 2:17-18
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Rom 12:18
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor. 5:18-19
Glorious Prince of Peace, you who one Day will reconcile wolves and lambs, leopards and goats, calves and lions—give us the desire, the humility, and grace to live as peacemakers. To the extent possible, empower us for living as mediums of your healing mercies, conduits of your kingdom kindness; agents of your reconciling love (Rom. 12:18-21).
Indeed, what is Christmas? It’s you coming as near as possible to us in your incarnation, bringing the peace for which we are desperate; the peace that passes all understanding; the quintessential peace which required both your cradle and your cross.
You are our peace, Lord Jesus, for you have destroyed the hostility between God and us. God has made his peace with us in you. Hallelujah, for such a rich standing in grace. We no longer have to fear or be in doubt about what God thinks of us!
Now, in your resurrection glory, you’re the one who is constantly preaching the gospel of peace to our hearts—by the work of the Holy Spirit, through the widest array of preachers imaginable. We praise you for your relentless commitment to pour and pound grace into our hearts. We need the gospel every day.
Lord Jesus, as we finish out 2012, and prepare to begin the New Year, we bring our peace-needy relationships to you. Pour out your Spirit upon our families and marriages, friendships and churches. May these core relationships reveal the beauty and power of the gospel.
Forgive us for falling into grace-less patterns in our primary relationships—ways of speaking to one another and treating each another which contradict our calling and expose our unbelief. Stun us, again and again and again, with how much you love us, Lord Jesus, that we might, love as you love us. Do exceedingly beyond all we can ask or imagine. So very Amen we pray, in your peerless and peace-full name.