I’m not sure where the saying “Peace on earth, goodwill towards men” comes from, but I know that in spite of the sentiment, there will never be peace on earth until Jesus comes again. There will be wars, rumors of wars, and every kind of sin. As Christians we are told that these things will happen, they will increase, and then the end will come. I’ve got no real problem with that. What I DO have a problem with is doing MY part to assure peace between myself and others. When people hurt us it’s flat-out hard to go to them and make things right. But we must forget our pride, and instead make sure God is honored regardless of what we may have suffered at the hands of others. The Scriptures do not tell us to “accept peace when it comes to us,” but to seek it and pursue it! That’s hard work for sure! But in the end, isn’t that what Jesus did for us? He didn’t come to bring peace to earth, but to assure peace between God and those who would call on His name. Now honestly, has anyone done you so wrong that what Jesus did for you couldn’t cover it?
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14