PEACE!! Well, the FIRST peace we all need is peace with God. Our sins are an offense to His holiness. THANKFULLY, Jesus paid our debt.
Peace can be defined as a state of harmony between two parties. But again….that sort of peace is dependent on outward circumstances. The peace that the Apostle Paul speaks of is the profound state of well-being and inner tranquility that comes from being right with God…..no matter what our circumstances.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (NIV)
Hmm….but what about peace in our lives? You know, the everyday peace that we all need? That’s what I want.
When we have a bad day, you can either choose to wallow in despair, hang your head down and complain or you can make the choice when you walk out the door, that no matter what happens to you today, you are going to smile and not get hot and bothered. Make no mistake!! It won’t be easy….but it will be worth it!
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)
This kind of peace will, undoubtedly, have an impact on our peaceful relationships with others….but it all begins with God.