Peace Amidst the Conflict
What Jesus Said:
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The best place to start is with the Word. When we struggle with anxiety we should seek out the Word which provides the peace which surpasses all understanding.
John 16:33 “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
What you can DO:
These are real life tangible things that you can do to increase your peace. Take one or two of these every day and start applying them in your life. Watch and behold how the Peace of God starts taking hold in your life.:
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Serving Christ
Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up building.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
This is not the peace that the world gives. This is the peace that Jesus himself leaves us.
What is Jesus saying when He says “ I leave you peace?”
In the New Testament, the primary Greek word for “peace” is eirene, and it basically means rest and tranquility. Peace in the New Testament is the advent (Coming) of Jesus Christ, as announced by the angels in Luke 2:14 (“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased”.
Isaiah predicted the Messiah would be the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and He is called the Lord of peace in 2 Thessalonians 3:16. “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.” The Lord be with you all.
So it’s Through Jesus’ work of justification (Dying for our sins) that we can have peace and be presented to God, that peace will keep our hearts and minds secure (Philippians 4:7 “ and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
He not only came to leave us peace, but commands us to seek peace.
Psalm 34:14 “Turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.”
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”.
Let peace take precedence in your heart today. We as believers have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in our hearts”
Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. To which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
This world will continue to have wars and conflicts until Jesus comes and makes all things new, But God will give His peace to those who trust him. May the peace of God live and be with you.