Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Experiencing The Peace Of God

        "In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." (Luke 2:8-14)

        Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, was sent into this world for the purpose of expiating our infinite sin debt and consequently enabling us to have fellowship with God. Believers are to seek after His peace. Believers are to seek after His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33-34). We must rest in Him. The object of our trust must be the Lord. We must place our trust in the promises that He has given. We must align ourselves with His will, meaning that everything we do should be for His glory. The peace that He gives is to rule over our lives. Having rest at heart is evidence of the Holy Spirit working within us. In fact, we are commanded in Scripture to do our best to make peace with our neighbors (Proverbs 25:8-10; Romans 12:18; 14:19). 

        If we refuse to be at peace, then we are not being spiritually minded. We are acting carnally. We are trusting in our own efforts. We are not submitting ourselves to God. True and lasting peace is impossible without spiritual conversion. Saying no to God's offer of peace will only result in our lives being filled with hopelessness. Saying no to God's offer of peace will only result in our lives being filled with joylessness. This peace is not psychological but supernatural. It is based on our assurance of having been reconciled to a holy God. A person's rejection of the gospel will only result in he or she being eternally separated from God.

        We are reconciled to Him by faith through His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:18). We should share the peace that He has bestowed upon us with others. The Lord is the source and summit of peace. He is the foundation for all order. Even in the midst of trials, suffering, and conflict, Christians can rest assured that God has conquered the world. Christ will return to erase all sin and establish everlasting peace.

4 comments:

  1. Great article and reminder of what it means to be Christian. If we are Christian and are truly one with God, we should not worry, for we are sure of Gods love and forgiveness. We of course will struggle through future temptations but we know God will guide and all will be good.

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  2. Great article Jesse. Another aspect of peace is the idea that we were once enemies of God, and now He has reconciled us and made us at peace with Him. He is no longer our enemy but our friend. Is that not amazing??? Great job my friend! Sean

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  3. Great commentary on peace and how we can accept and experience God's peace. What you said correlates with Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, who does a weekly video blog at www.heartoheart.org. He states that if we can discover and accept God's unconditional love, we can be transformed into people of hope. Since we are all saints in the making, anything less than this will fall short of God's hope for us. Thanks for your insight and commentary. God bless, Mrs. Walczak

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