Today, we celebrate Remembrance Day in the United States. It is a holiday in honor of all military personnel who served the country. Veterans, in particular, are highly honored on this day; both those who are still living and those who have died in the line of duty.
While this holiday reminds us of their brave efforts, it should also remind us of something equally important. And that is the value of PEACE.
Not many people know that Remembrance Day came from Armistice Day, which marks the cessation of hostilities during World War I. Armistice, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the ‘temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents’. In short, it is a time of peace between opposing nations.
The Bible tells us that we were called to be living in peace with others. God wants us to live in peace and harmony. He wants His sons and daughters to dwell together in peace so that we can all experience joy and happiness. Colossians 3:15 (NKJV) says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
We were meant to live together in peace. As Christians, we are blessed because the peace of God is made available to us. God brings us peace and we have God to turn to every time we are facing situations that may lead to conflict.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
As we celebrate Remembrance Day, we remember not only the ones who have served with courage, but we also remember the importance of and value peace according to Christ Jesus.
May peace fill you and your household!