Do You LONG For PEACE In Your Life?

     The dictionary describes peace in two ways.  One is to use synonyms such as harmony, serenity and tranquility.  It also uses contrasts such as absence of mental conflict and/or freedom from war, public disturbances or quarrels.  That being so all of us have experienced times of turmoil in our lives and subsequent desiring peace.

     When the negative situation subsides we sigh and are happy for the return of peace – the absence of conflict.  But, is this REAL peace?  No!  True peace does not come and go.  It actually is independent of current situations – no ebb and flow.  You might ask then: “How can I find this TRUE peace?”, “From where does it come?”  The answer is that true peace comes from God and is the result of a process.  The sequence of this process is as follows:

     First, one needs to establish a peace WITH God.  Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We need to acknowledge that we are sinners and in need of a Savior.  Romans 3:23 & 6:23 tell us, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death (spiritual separation from God).”  Romans10:9 gives us direction, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Once we do this we have peace with God.

     Secondly, we then need peace FROM God.  Romans 1:7 tells us this source of our peace, “...Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  As we grow spiritually in our prayer and Bible studies, we are told in 2 Peter 1:2, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  This knowledge is evidenced in 2 Corinthians 13:11, where we read, “Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”  And our Lord Himself tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  And Numbers 6:26 states, “…The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

     Thirdly, we look forward to receiving the peace OF God.  1 Corinthians 7:15 tells us that, “God has called us to peace.”  How?  Philippians 4:7 explains, “The peace OF God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Finally, Colossians 3:15 urges us to “Let the peace OF God rule in your hearts…..and be thankful.”