In Kids church this month we are talking about peace. A hot topic indeed, since our country is now involved in two wars. I’m not going to talk about that today though. It is interesting to think about. The Bible clearly shows the importance of making and living at peace (Romans 12:18, 14:19, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:3 and on and on I could go), yet, at the same time, it makes no bones about the fact that we are at war all the time (Ephesians 6:12-17, James 4:1, 2 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Tim 6:12, Revelation 2:16 to name a few).
The distinction that I feel compelled to point out is that we are live at peace with other people, and understand that our fight is against the devil and his minions. Make no mistake about it, the devil does not want to live in peace with God, and God loves us too much to let us go into the the throws of the devil without a fight. So we become caught in the middle of this cosmic battle. Unfortunately, sometimes other people are the weapon that the devil chooses in his fight, thus we end up being at war with people as well.
When I was looking at verses that talk about peace, I love the way Paul says it in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” As far as it depends on you? If it is possible? Yes, Paul realized that there are people in the world who are always looking for a fight, or others who get so amped up that there is no way to talk them down. Sometimes, we have no choice but to fight.
Meekness is important, but it does not mean that we become a doormat to anyone who wants to use and abuse you. Meekness is bridled strength, in other words, you have the strength to do something, but only take action when all other options are exhausted, or living at peace with all people.
Peace: Caring more about others than winning an arguement.