Advent, Week 4: Peace on Earth Is One-Sided … Thankfully

For You From The Word

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men. (Luke 2:14, NIV)

For You To Think About

stars in skyAdvent, meaning “coming” or “appearance,” is the season leading up to Christmas. It’s a time when we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ and look forward to His return. In many Christian traditions, the fourth week in Advent focuses on peace.

“Peace on earth” is a popular sentiment at Christmas, based on the message first shared by the angels to the shepherds on a Bethlehem hillside. Yet a mistake has been perpetuated in the sharing of this message in today’s culture. It is taken to mean “Peace on earth between men,” as in a horizontal relationship.

Peace between men requires a two-sided agreement. A woman or man who faces an unplanned pregnancy may attempt this peace, but can be rebuffed, rejected, or disappointed. Even if peace is kindled, it often does not last.

Yet the passage says, “On earth, peace to men.” The peace is offered by God (through His Son) to people. The offering of peace is vertical.

Peace to men (from God) requires only acceptance on your part. Peace is offered freely. For the one who receives the baby in the manger as God’s Son and Savior, God makes it possible for that person to be at peace with God while on earth … no matter what his or her circumstances.

“Peace between men” or “peace to men”? This difference is powerful. True peace on earth is one-sided. Thankfully.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the peace You offer through the gift of Your Son. Allow me the opportunity to share that peace to a woman or man who faces an unplanned pregnancy.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More Devotionals for the Advent Season

Advent Week 1: Why A Pregnant Woman Can Have Hope

Advent Week 2: How a Pregnant Woman Can Experience Love

Advent Week 3: You May Not Be an Angel, But You Can Be a Messenger

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