There are two kinds of peace and one will lead to other. It is the foundation of a meaningful and satisfying life.
The Christmas brings us the relational kind of peace. The peace that reconciles men back to God through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus into our heart, we enjoy the peace with God, and we also have His peace within us.
The Peace Needed for Making Wise Decisions
This relates well to the calmness that Sun Zi tells us in his Art of War book. While we should consider the emotion of people affected in any project, we should never be emotional in our decision making. We must be calm and objective so that we can think and decide well. Never make any decision when we are not at peace. Sun Zi reminds us that the enemy trick, the devil, is to get us to be emotional, either angry and therefore make impulsive decisions to cause our failures, or fear that we fail to do anything to move us out of our trap. He will also exploit our desires to get us to sin willingly.
This is the great and good news of Christmas.
The relational Peace from Jesus enables His peace to be in us, to be our peace and our ruler, that we may live well in peace, with good judgment to make all the right decisions and achieve the good success for our lives and loved ones and extending those in need.
Lim Liat (c) 16 Dec 2017