Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have peace with God. Peace seems like such an illusive thing. Some days I revel in it and some days it seems out of my reach. What we can be assured of is that peace is ours through Christ and is always attainable. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” The peace Jesus gives is not worldly calm and freedom from activity, but a peace that will satisfy our souls. It is the peace the pervades us even when the world is swirling around us. Paul describes this peace in Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Paul assures us that the peace we have though Christ brings us into relationship with God, is filled with His grace, and it will purposefully sustain us no matter what else is happening in our lives.
Since peace is ours for the taking in Christ, why do we struggle with it so much? I think it is because of the pull of the world on our lives. We are free in Christ from the power of sin over our lives, but we live in a sinful world. The effects of sin on us and our lives are unavoidable. Staying above this and living in peace takes work, prayer, diligence to stay in the Word and fellowship with other believers. Are you getting a dose of each of these in your life each day or week? Lent is good time to renew commitments and take time to pray, read God’s Word, memorize a verse or two and have fellowship with other believers. It is good for your soul and will bring you peace!
Suggestion: Today set aside time to pray, read the Word or talk with a Christian friend. Then look for God’s peace to surround you!