“For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The popular Christmas song, ‘mistletoe and wine’ written by Cliff Richard, contains some of the most wonderful truths about Christmas. One key verse of the song says that Christmas is,
A time for giving
A time for getting
A time for forgiving and for forgetting.
Christmas is love
Christmas is peace
A time for hating and fighting to cease.
Yet as wonderful as this truth is, if we look to ourselves for fighting and hating to end, we will only end up in disappointment. In and of ourselves, we have no power to end these things. Yes we can forgive, yes we can bite our lip to not say something cruel, but our hateful actions start from our heart; and that can only be changed by Jesus. In fact, as the prophet Isaiah spoke many years ago, it is only Jesus who can bring true peace because He is the Prince of peace. Yes, peace is a person. That is why if the Prince of Peace lives in your heart, you can find total peace, even in the midst of a storm and even when there only seems to be hate and fighting. He is the Prince of Peace. He is in control. He is Peace. Let His peace rule and reign, and dictate your life, not hating and fighting!!