Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
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Peace on earth and good will toward men – that’s reconciliation.
What is reconciliation? It’s when a broken relationship is restored. When a boyfriend and girlfriend or a husband and wife get back together, there’s reconciliation. When a father and son restore peace between each other, there’s reconciliation.
Where do you need peace in your life this Christmas? That’s what Christmas is all about – peace on earth, good will toward men. I asked people, “Where would you like to see peace?” These are the answers I got:
· “I’d like to see peace in the broken families.”
· “I’d love to see peace in politics.”
· “With each other.”
· “In my heart.”
· “I’d like to see it at home.”
· “I’d like to see peace in my life.”
· “Peace? Right in this country of ours.”
Everywhere! Is it realistic to have peace everywhere? Isn’t it just a pipe dream to hope for peace on earth, good will toward men?
There will never be peace in the world until there is peace in nations.
And there will never be peace in nations until there is peace in communities.
And there will never be peace in communities until there is peace in families.
And there will never be peace in families until there is peace in individuals.
And there will never be peace in individuals until we invite the Prince of Peace – Jesus – to reign in our hearts.
by Rick Warren
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