Monday, June 20th, 2011
The Armor Of God: The Footgear Of Peace
And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Ephesians 6:15 (NIV)
We are clearly told in the Gospel to 'Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14) as well as to 'Walk in love' (Ephesians 5:2). We have Jesus' Own words, 'But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you' (Luke 6:27). Seeking peace is hard to remember in the midst of a war, but it's clearly a high priority for Christ-followers.
'If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you' (Proverbs 15:20). Here's the key: Love is the greatest weapon of all. Satan is powerless against it. He is so weakened by joy and love that he must leave the premises. Then what happens?
Have you ever been really angry with someone--angry to the point of pulsing blood or screaming words--and the enemy you see, the object of your anger, humbly apologizes? Maybe he even seeks to make amends: 'I'm truly sorry. What can I do to make this right?' Your dark cloud of anger dissipates, leaving you speechless.
When Satan disappears, unrighteous anger leaves with him. Enemies can become friends.
Since Satan is the real enemy, rather than the person he is influencing, walk in love toward that person. When your love heaps 'burning coals' on his head, those coals can become God's light melting Satan's ice--allowing humanity and compassion a chance to resurface.
Even if it doesn't seem to work right away, the Lord will reward you for pursuing peace. 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God' (Matthew 5:9). 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!' (Romans 10:15).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Armor Of God series.