For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)

Ask any law enforcement officer about dangerous situations he or she has encountered and “domestic violence” will be near the top of the list. Passion and rage ignite in ways that are unpredictable and require vigilance, calm, and actions to defuse irrational behavior. Rage directed at a “loved” one can quickly turn on the person seeking to separate the warring parties.

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Being a Peacemaker has little in common with pacifism. Peacemakers choose to enter conflict. I cringe from that…entering conflict and yet two days before Christmas I know that the Prince of Peace desires that all of us seek ways to bring Peace, bestow Peace, and bless others with Peace. I know I need to recognize where peacemaking is needed as I go through each day.

Ask yourself, where do I see conflict, division, hurt feelings, misunderstandings? Where can I actively be a peacemaker? All the chaos of life seems amplified during the Christmas season, partially because we carry in our heads and hearts “the perfect Christmas” so everything and everyone who falls short of that mark stirs discord within.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9 NIV)

So this Christmas BE like Christ, Bring peace within yourself, within your family, at the chaotic check out line, wherever you go enter the situation as the calming force. Don’t sit on your hands or stick your head in the sand! Yes, life is messy, but because of Jesus we have Peace with God and we have a burden to share that peace with others. You who know Jesus are children and heirs of God, being a peacemaker makes that evident to even those who do not know Jesus.

BE A PEACEMAKER!
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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18 NIV)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” lyrics
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)Written during the Civil War on Christmas Day 1863 after the tragic death of his wife in a fire and word that his son had been seriously injured in battle.

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