And he will be called “The Prince of Peace.”
I love Christmas Eve. I love it when work stops, the presents are wrapped, preparations are completed, and the hectic pace of the holiday part of Christmas slows down. And for a moment, there is peace.
Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. We know that He came to the world to bring us peace, a peace that transcends all understanding. He offers a peace that is different from what the world offers, a peace that overcomes our troubles. It’s the calm that remains in us even when the storm rages around us. It’s the confidence that our circumstances don’t define who we are. It isn’t the false peace of this world but a real peace that permeates our life and overflows onto others around us.
Jesus brings us peace so that we can bring peace to others. He calls us to be peacemakers in a world of warring relationships.
Sometimes Christmas gatherings are anything but peaceful. Too often they are marked by the busyness of preparations, the chaos of excitement or sadly, the bitterness of conflict. How can we be peacemakers in these and other situations?
Exhibit humility and gentleness. (Ephesians 4:2)
Put others first (Philippians 2:3-4). This sometimes means overlooking when others are inconsiderate to us.
Be patient and wise. (Proverbs 19:11) Strive to maintain relationships more than differences of opinion.
Avoid unnecessary quarrels. (Proverbs 17:14) Learn to appreciate others who think differently from you. It’s not your job to change everyone to think just like you. Our job is to shine a helping light, not to blind them with our insisting ways. It’s God’s job to change people.
Let love be your guide. (1 Peter 4:8) Love covers a multitude of sins.
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:32).
Don’t let annoyances and conflicts ruin your Christmas. Receive the Christmas gift of peace that the Prince of Peace offers you and BE the gift of peace to others.