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"We Will Remember"

"For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed," Says the Lord, who has mercy on you."

Isaiah 54:10

There is no greater sacrifice that a man or woman can offer than to give one's life. Jesus said it best in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." As I sit this Memorial Day reflecting on the freedoms I enjoy in my life I do so with a heart filled with gratitude for the brave men and women of our armed forces who serve us today and especially those who have given their lives paying the ultimate price for the very freedoms you and I enjoy this day.

Ultimate peace will not happen until our Lord and Savior returns to earth and establishes His kingdom on earth and therefore making peace will at times involve war. There is a tremendous difference between being a "peace keeper" and a "peace maker". A peace keeper is one who maintains peace and a peace maker is one who brings peace about and like I said, some times making peace and establishing it will involve going to war. 

Yes, loved one, there are still things worth fighting for and paying the ultimate price and today I thank God He has an army of warriors who are not afraid to fight against evil in this world, even at the most remote ends of the world for people with whom they have had no previous contact or relationship but are driven by the mission of establishing democracy, the very first gift God gave to man when He placed the man and the woman in the Garden and then blessed them with the freedom to choose life or death.

Sadly, mankind has been making the wrong choice between life and death for much of our existence and is why I am thankful for another set of soldiers today as well. Those brave men and women of the mission field of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who are driven by the mission of peace and freedom that only Jesus Christ can bring. They go to the most remote parts of the world sharing the Gospel and many pay the ultimate price in giving their lives so that others might live.  

Yes, loved one, Jesus words bring comfort to those families who have had a loved one pay the ultimate price in the battle against evil in the physical realm like the ones our military personnel face every day or the invisible forces of evil like the ones every missionary battles against in seeking to share the Word's of Jesus with the lost knowing that once God's Word is received it sets the captives free!

This Memorial Day I am reminded of a precious promise of our Lord who Himself declared in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God." Just as Jesus came to make peace with God on our behalf when He gave His life on Calvary's Cross our military personnel are part of God's sovereign plan to establish peace among men. Not everyone in the world has accepted God's gift of peace made possible in Christ and therefore remains an enemy of God, just as not everyone in the world we live wants to be at peace with their fellow man and is why war remains to this day.

Thank God today, this Memorial Day, loved one, that we have a military who answers the call both at home and abroad to risk life and limb that we might know peace and most of all thank God for Jesus today who one day and one day soon will come again and establish peace, His peace, like the world has never known. Until that day, we fight on as some things are worth fighting for! Let freedom ring! 

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."

2 Corinthians 10:4-6


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