Slightly Different Christmas Message

We often see quotations from the Bible used during Christmas, which is most appropriate. One common quote is a bit off, which changes the meaning significantly. The quote?
Peace on earth and good will toward men.”

While this is the phrase used in the King James Bible, many, if not most biblical translations sound a bit different. Most modern translations render something closer to:

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.”

There are a variety of translations on Bible Hub, most of which reflect the latter translation.

The reason this is so important is because peace is a gift God gives to those who express an interest in God. This does not mean that God’s peace is not reserved for those who go to church every Sunday, pray constantly, tithe, etc.–although I’m sure that those who do so with love for God in their heart are blessed.

Instead, I believe this message proclaimed by angels to the shepherds* that night is not a blank check from God. Instead it’s something akin to trade. God gives his peace and showers his blessings on those who try to care for others the way He cares for others.

I believe that God is pleased when we try to do good, whether it all turns out successfully or not.

I ask everyone to try to act with good will toward one another, especially with the turmoil we face today.

I ask God to bless those on earth today who try to please God.


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