I will admit, when I saw the words at the bottom of a newscast yesterday, that President Obama had received the Nobel Peace Prize, I thought it was a joke, and laughed. Then after I realized it wasn’t a joke, I was in shock. What has he done to deserve such an award. He has talked a lot about peace, but where are the results?
the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world
Another definition is a bit more local.
cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension
OK so President Obama has made no real advances toward either of those aims, but he does speak of them much more than say former President Bush.
The Bible on peace.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 ESV
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Jame 3:17-18 ESV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 ESV
So peace is important.
The fact that I laughed at the president receiving a prize for his efforts is sad. I should be encouraged, and be seeking peace on my own. Maybe not on the global scale, but peace here, where I am at. I shouldn’t laugh that the Nobel Committee sees it fit to encourage seeking peace, because Jesus commands it also.
So congratulations President Obama. I pray that your aims for peace, and true peace, are met and that you are encouraged by the awarding of this prize, to seek peace at all turns.