December 2015

When we get ourselves into trouble, the Lord calls us to confess our sins to one another, and when our brothers and sisters get themselves into difficulties, God calls us to not be indifferent but to help them by praying for them and looking after them so that they do not stray from the way of life.

Peace with Others

Sometimes our lives feel like a string of strained and dysfunctional relationships. What went wrong? Why is it so difficult to relate to others in a consistently peaceful way? Our problem lies in the sinful legacy of self-love imparted to us by Adam. The solution is the selfless love of Christ imparted to us by grace. In Luke 10 we see how Christ’s sacrificial love living in us can bring even the worst enemies together in peace.

Peace Within

Adam’s fall into sin destroyed his peace with God, his peace within himself, and his peace with other people. Each of those bitter fruits have been passed down to us as his descendants, including an inward struggle with shame, anxiety, and guilt. Only Christ, the last Adam, can restore what the first Adam lost. In Luke 7 we see an example of how Jesus restores inner peace to those who look to Him for grace.

Peace with God

Adam’s fall into sin destroyed the peace he once enjoyed. His rebellion resulted in enmity with God, unrest within, and discord with others. Each of these bitter fruits have been passed down to us as his descendants, leaving us in a state of deep-seated unrest and misery. Only Christ, the last Adam, could restore what the first Adam lost. In Luke 2 we find the first hints of how Jesus would restore peace with God to all who trust in Him by grace.