Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
As a reminder, the theme for the first week of Advent is Hope. Therefore, the candle of Hope was lighted last week in your church, your home, or in your heart. The theme for the second week of Advent is Peace.
The word "peace" is in the Bible about 429 times starting in Genesis, the first book of the Bible (Genesis 15:15), and is recorded throughout the Bible until Revelation, the last book. God is concerned about peace on earth just as it is in heaven.
Jesus left the earth with a blessing for peace, according to John 14:27.
"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."
The above scripture shows that peace is our inheritance. Unfortunately, because of the sins of the world, true peace will never be on earth in its fullness until Jesus returns. That's why we look forward to Him returning to earth because He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
During this second week of Advent, we can anticipate some peace when we position ourselves to have it. We can embrace the peace that Jesus left us as a guarantee for the full measure when He returns. In the meantime, we should seek to know the peace of God that passes all understanding, according to Philippians 4:7.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
With assurance like that, we can anticipate the return of Jesus who will rule, reign, and bring true peace to the earth.
Evidence of Peace
Words on Christmas cards say, "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men." Those cards are sent only during the Christmas holiday. However, that should be a reminder all year long. People should live in a spirit of peace and do their part to bring peace to the world every day.
Where peace exists, there will be no sins and unrighteousness to dominate the earth. Peace on earth means harmony in a place of chaos. There will be no more sickness, diseases, sufferings, heartaches, and pain. Fighting and bickering will no longer exist.
It is interesting that peace is a fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
What to Do During the Second Week of Advent
During the second week of Advent, continue to maintain the hope that you embraced during the first week. Then light the candle of peace for the second week. Focus on peace as you wait for the return of Jesus when all God's creatures will be redeemed. Until Jesus returns, practice the theme of peace by living in harmony with one another.
While waiting, continue to pray, praise, and worship God. Meditate on the goodness of God and His Son Jesus Christ. Ask God to give you the peace you need to be renewed, transformed, and inspired to live, love, and serve.
Let Peace Begin With You
When some people think of peace, they think of world peace. That is not a bad idea, but a better idea is to let peace begin with peace within yourself. Then that peace will spread throughout the home, church, community, and into the world.
If everyone would do his part, then it would not take long for the peace we desire for the world to be realized.
Everyone is invited during the second week to welcome peace into their hearts and lives. If everyone has a spirit of peace, then all will be transformed and able to embrace that same Jesus that Isaiah spoke about long before He came to earth.
For unto 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)