---------- what does this really mean?
It is a statement about fact of state;
First part says that God is in the state of the highest Glory;
Second part says that people who live by good will live in a state of peace.
It's not a punishment that people have no peace, it is a state brought onto themselves if they do not practice good will.
What made me think about this morning are the stories, ideas and opinions coming out from the Charlie Hebdo brutal attacks last week.
Nothing can justify the acts and nothing can stop anyone from condemning the crimes of violence, but there have been comments against freedom of speech, and some said that they should have knew what to expect. Some people may find the correct words and other will not find good words and still they comment in favour or against.
Well, I thought it's all there; in Luke 2:14
You have peace, if you live by good will!
If I say something and you show me that you don't like what you hear, what do I do?
If I be carefull next time not to hurt your sentiments - that's good will,
but if I won't care at all about your sentiments and keep on repeating what hurts you, then that's not really good will.
“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell