Peace has a face, and I assure you it isn’t that of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace. Formerly known as Ron Artest, the athlete decided to change his name in September 2011 “to inspire and bring youth together all around the world.” The first name, “Metta,” is a Buddhist word which means loving kindness and friendliness towards all. However, World Peace’s professional basketball career has demonstrated anything but these character qualities. The athlete has been suspended 13 times during his 13-year career. Just seven months after his name change, World Peace was suspended for seven games after deliberately elbowing another player in a game. His actions didn’t exactly inspire and bring youth together all around the world.

It will take more than a good name with good intentions to bring peace to our world. Mankind is inherently sinful and wicked. We have a natural tendency to do what is right in our own eyes. When our human wills oppose each other, they create conflict, which leads to strife, violence, war, and ultimately, death. In such a setting, world peace cannot exist.

Enter Jesus, the perfect Prince of Peace. In His first advent, He brought the peace of God to men on Earth. When He returns to Earth, He will establish His Millennial Kingdom and begin a reign of peace for 1,000 years. After God finally overthrows Satan and his armies (Revelation 20:7–10), Jesus will reign for all eternity in peace.

Peace has a face, and it is Jesus Christ. He can bring peace to your life today if you will put your trust in His death, shed blood, and resurrection. Regardless of your circumstances, the peace of God can rule in your heart. I’ve read the back of the book — and it says we win. Take courage in your circumstances, for your Savior has won the victory.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.