Jesus is called the “prince of peace”, and rightly so. But I don’t think we usually understand what that means. The prince of peace is — and must be — a conqueror. He must be a warrior. The prince of peace does not reconcile the warring elements within our nature; he does not reconcile good and evil. He destroys evil. He brings the dawn of a new peaceful era by waging warfare for us, in us, and (God willing) with us.
God, I repent of every time I have sought peace through the reconciliation of my spirit with my flesh. I resolve to see my flesh crucified on the battlefield of a Holy War, so that peace might be with me this day and forevermore. Make my enemies your footstool, that they might leave me and all your people at peace.