We often suffer from stresses, trials, anxieties, worries and cares of the world. The world is looking for peace; the sort of peace that only targets mental calmness, but the peace of God can affect every element of our lives.
There are yoga groups, meditation techniques, online discussion groups; social discussion panels, life coaches and gurus who will claim to help you achieve a peace of mind. They tell you to empty yourself, free yourself, know your destiny, explore countries and cultures, etc.
Perhaps, you have tried some of the above and it may have helped you for a certain while before you realised that a problem of ‘the lack of peace’ still exists!
The Bible talks about different kind of peace. We read in Philippians 4:7 that the peace of God surpasses all human understanding.
1. Jesus brings peace between God and Man
Before we could start thinking about a physiological state, we need to think about our spiritual state before God. The Bible tells us that this mankind is in enmity with God. We have sinned against God and therefore by nature are offensive toward God.
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10-11)
Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Those who believe in Him are reconciled to God.
Have you made peace with God?
2. Jesus brings peace to your own self
Sin has brought sadness and brokenness into our lives. We lack peace because of sin and its consequences. Sin leads to guilt and guilt leads us to anxieties, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, strife, un-forgiveness and sadness. We won’t have peace unless these are gone.
I know some who cannot forgive themselves because of their bad past. There are some who carry a heavy burden of pain and shame in their lives and are crushed by it. Some have even taken their own lives due to inner aches of loneliness, depression and pain.
There are some who are addicted to drugs, pornography and bad habits thinking this will release stress only to be left feeling guilty, thirsty, crushed and wanting at the end.
Perhaps, you struggle with these things. Let me tell you, you may be able to correct your bad habits but you cannot find peace within yourself until you meet with Jesus Christ.
This is what God promises to those who are found in Christ.
“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.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The Psalmist said that he delighted the word of God (Psalm 1:2, Psalm 119:16). In other words, he delighted because the word of God brought peace to his anxious soul.
Do you have peace within yourself?
3. Jesus brings peace between you and others
The world is at strife and is often a mean place to live. This world in-spite of its big claims and efforts cannot offer a genuine peace to us, but Jesus can.
Yes, Jesus can bring peace between you and others. He can heal and restore broken relationships.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18)
Perhaps, your husband or wife is at war with you.
Perhaps, your children or parents are at war with you.
Perhaps, you are lacking peace at your workplace.
Perhaps, you are the one who is causing grief to others or are grieved by the actions of others.
God can restore your relationship with others by changing you and has the power to change others through you.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Do you have peace with others?
In conclusion, I urge you to find peace by coming to the Lord Jesus Christ because it is He who said…
“Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)