2nd Week of Advent: Peace

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Ephesians 2:14

This second week of Advent we celebrate peace.  There are two ways we can approach this week: 1) peace between God and man and 2) peace between man and man.  Peace between man and God comes because Jesus has bridged the gap between us.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1

Peace among all mankind must flow from the peace between God and man.  Without the Almighty’s peace, how can we expect to live in it ourselves?

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:12-14 (emphasis added)

This week we celebrate peace, the peace Jesus brought at his advent.  May the peace of God strengthen your hearts this week.

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