It only takes a scroll through Facebook or a few minutes watching the news to see that we struggle to get along. Nations at war, political parties battling for power, families falling apart, and relationships being stripped away due to anger, envy and insecurity.
If I’m honest, my heart is weary of all the strife. I often feel struggle to live peaceably with my people (my family, my friends, etc.) and so knowing what role I play in helping a world at war feels beyond me.
But maybe that’s the point. Maybe a world without so much fighting and strife starts with me and my people. And you and your people. Maybe peace is not a feeling but a person.
And His name is Jesus.
I love what James says…
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
~ James 4:1-3
He declares that we are at war because we want what others have, when we really need to be looking to God as the source of all that we want or need.
Truth says that when I take my eyes off of what I don’t like about others… or what I do like but feel insecure about… or what I don’t have… and instead, fix my eyes on Jesus because I desire more of him, then peace is the result.