I was reading “A Godly Meditation” by Thomas More and a line stood out:
“To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favour as they did him with their malice and hatred.”
I’ve been thinking a lot this Advent about Jesus being the Prince of Peace, the King of Shalom. It is no mere coincidence that the first dimension of the human life Jesus addresses in the Sermon on the Mount is anger and contempt. As followers of the Prince of Peace, we must become people of peace as well. God’s shalom must penetrate to the deepest parts of who we are so that when we are struck by injustice or stung by harsh words or frustrated because we simply do not get what we want, sweetness, forgiveness and grace naturally flow out of us.
When it’s all said and done, I want to be remembered as a man of peace who looked a lot like the Prince of Peace.