Peace to this Household

Karen Epp

When Jesus sent out the 72 disciples to go to different towns and cure the sick, they were not to do this for any monetary gain. They were to stay with a local family and partake in whatever food was offered to them. They were to bring peace and give it to families.

When Paul was bringing the gospel to the world he encounter strife among some of the leaders. Demas, Crescens and Titus left him and went to other towns. He warned against the teaching of Alexander the coppersmith who was teaching/preaching a false gospel. Paul was discouraged that everything was not unified but he still wanted to follow Jesus’ model of peace and that was his priority. He did not want any retaliation against those who left and he took courage that the Lord stood with him and gave him strength to continue bringing the gospel to the Gentiles.

The Psalmist summed it up in Psalm 146. Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord and let your faithful bless you…Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages…The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. May each of us receive God’s peace today.

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