Peace

There is “the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3), “the peace with God” (Romans 5:1), and “the peace of God. The peace of God is always
preceded by peace with God. The peace of God is meant here.

“Peace (eirhnh eirene) of God” is the state of tranquility in one’s heart, which is assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is. Horatio G. Spafford got it right when he wrote:

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Peace is the state of contentment with our soul, whatever our lot. Stafford’s words are not just flowery sentiment; they are a reality for the believer who is bearing spiritual fruit.

There are few things that men have longed for as much as peace. The apostle Paul revealed the secret for obtaining it.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV).

Peace comes as pride goes. It will replace arrogance and will grow where animosity formerly flourished. The person of humbled heart and contrite spirit will experience the peace of God.

When we yield our worries and cares, casting them on the Lord because He cares for us, we experience the peace of God that passes all understanding (1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:7). We are to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15) for He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Though we must rely on the peace of God to enjoy it, we must keep in mind that it comes from God. The prophet said of Yahweh, “You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You, for it is trusting in You” (Isaiah 26:3). Only the Holy Spirit can give us peace during the storms of life. It is Christ through the Spirit, who says, “Peace be still!” (cf. Mark 4:39). Jesus assured His disciples that He would give them His peace.

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful (John 14:27).

With the inward fruit of love, joy and peace present in our life, we are able to manifest outward fruit towards others, of which patience is the bridge.

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