Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5–11
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Here is a scene that you could witness on almost any playground in the world. Two boys are playing together in a sandbox or at the base of a slide. Suddenly, a fight breaks out and the two young children are embroiled in a heated exchange with fists flying. Their peaceful playtime has come to a violent end.
Where did these children learn to act like this? Apparently, human beings are not programmed for peace. Too often, a person’s initial response to displeasure or stress is to strike out violently against the source of his frustration. The base nature of sinful man is to protect oneself first and foremost. However, one’s disposition toward anarchy is certainly no excuse for failing to strive toward peaceful living.
The New Testament contains no less than eight direct commands for peace among believers. This clearly reveals that God’s will is for men and women to live in peace with one another. Knowing that God demands His people to live in peace may seem too much to ask when countered by mankind’s sinful, selfish desires. Yet, if peace is God’s will—and it is—then He must have made it possible to achieve. Sometimes peace may not be one’s natural reaction, but according to God’s Word, it is possible.
Pray today for the Holy Spirit to reveal ways in which you can demonstrate the peace of God.
Dear heavenly Father, reveal ways in which I can demonstrate Your peace to those with whom I come in contact today.