Influencers of Righteous Peace

          Everyone has an impact on others whether they want to, or not.  In fact, impacting others is one of the greatest gifts God has given to His children. In Matthew 5:13-16, God references to His children that they can become, “lights of the world” and “ the salt of the Earth” if they choose to actively obey His commands. When they do, they become influencers of His boundless love and everlasting peace.

            Everyone desires peace. However, is peace merely stating that you are calm and accepting of your circumstances? The Jewish word, “shalom” also means peace, but its meaning is deeper than feeling tranquil because it addresses the peace God provides. In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Jesus and His righteous teachings provide a complete peace that triumphs over circumstances and is much deeper than a feeling. Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV) says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

                Due to God’s divine power, His children are correct to say, “peace is not the absence of problems, but the presence of God.” Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jesus overcame the world by prioritizing God and His teachings above all else. Colossians 3:14-15 reads, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.” By genuinely choosing to embrace Christ in their hearts, anyone can have this love and peace that truly overcomes all.

            Titus 2:11-12 tells us, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” No matter your job title, or position in society, you have an impact on others. People might forget a name, but they can frequently remember how they were treated because emotions create powerful memories. How do you wish to be remembered?