Philippians 4:7 (NKJV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Many of us would like to have Peace in our lives on earth; that’s what everybody wants. Yet nobody can guarantee external peace because nobody can control other people or circumstances. Nations sign and break peace treaties with frightening regularity. Couples lament that there would be peace in their home “if only he/she would do the right thing.” No one can guarantee peace at home or on the job site. However, we should always strive to be peacemakers. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Paul instructed, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).
However, let’s face it: Peace with others isn’t always possible, because peace doesn’t just depend on us. Peace on earth is what we want; peace with God is what we have; the peace of God is what we need. The Hebrew word is Shalom meaning nothing broken, nothing missing and everything made whole!
Peace with God is something you already have (Romans 5:1). It’s not something you strive for; it’s something you received when you were born again (John 3:3). The Prince of Peace reconciled you to God by shedding His own blood. And if you are not born again; Peace is one of the many benefits the Lord offers us!
Point to ponder- The peace of God is something you need to appropriate daily in your inner world in the midst of the storms which rage in the external world (John 14:27). There are a lot of things that can disrupt your external world because you can’t control all your circumstances and relationships. But you can control the inner world of your thoughts by allowing the peace of Christ to rule in your heart on a daily basis (Colossians 3:15). There may be chaos all around you, but God is Greater in your life than any storm.
Prayer: Prince of Peace, rule in we your people hearts today. Give us Your peace and make us peacemakers in all our relationships.
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