Peace on Earth Starts with Christ in You
By Rick Warren
— December 26, 2012
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV)
This time of year teaches us to reconcile with God.
This is the time for you to meet Christ: “It is time for you to turn to me, your LORD, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you” (Hosea 10:12b GN).
God not only wants you to have peace with him; he also wants you to have peace (goodwill) with other people, too.
Rather than promoting harmony, holiday seasons often become a time of conflict. All families have difficulties; there are jealousies, grudges, resentment, and misunderstanding.
The Bible says, “But if we live in the light — just as he is in the light — then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin” (1 John 1:7 TEV).
When Christ is in you and me, then Christ isn't going to argue with Christ. We're never going to have peace on Earth until the Prince of Peace reigns in everybody's heart, and that’s why we need to reconcile with God and with other people.
But it starts with Jesus in your heart: “But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son” (Galatians 4:4a TEV).
This means the timing of Christ’s arrival was not an accident, because “everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 TEV).
Don't waste this season. It's time for you to turn to God. God says, “It is time for you to turn to me, your LORD, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you” (Hosea 10:12b TEV).
Talk About It
To whom do you need to write a letter or call or visit to start the process of reconciliation?
Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to approach and ask forgiveness?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional ©2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.