Peace as God Defines It

I cut last week’s post short after discussing how the world defines peace. I wanted to move on to how God defines peace, but the post was getting too long. However, I left you with this sneak peak:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

– Romans 5:1

I also asked you, based on this verse, how you thought God would define peace. Let’s dig a bit deeper into the topic:

Digging into God’s definition of peace.

There are many Bible verses which use the word “peace” in the same way as the world (see last week’s post). For example, some of them use it to describe the state of a country when there’s no war. But other verses, especially in the New Testament, speak of peace… somewhat mysteriously.

Peace and circumstances

Jesus said to his close followers:

“I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33

Jesus talked about peace and trouble right alongside each other. You see, Jesus knew that His followers would have trouble in this world; He told them so plainly. If they could only ever have peace when everything was going well, then they would have very few occasions for peace, if any at all. But He wants his followers to have peace in the middle of their troubles.

Peace and God

How can we have peace when we’re in the middle of storms of life? Look at this verse.

For he himself [God] is our peace

– Ephesians 2:14

So if we’re right with God – if we have peace with Him in the worldly sense of the meaning – then we can have peace in our heart no matter our circumstances. A relationship with God means access to peace… whenever.

This brings up a new question: How can we have peace with God?

Let’s go back to the verse that I shared with you last week as a sneak peak. Paul, one of Jesus’s apostles, wrote these words to a Church:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

– Romans 5:1

There are some big words in there, but the bottom line is that these people that Paul was writing to have peace with God because they trusted Jesus. And guess what…

The same goes for you and me today.

Even though it’s centuries later and so much has changed, God is the same. He still wants people to trust Jesus, and He still promises them an unconditional sort of peace if they do.

What do you think?

Do you agree that God’s version of peace is better than the world’s version… or do you still prefer the definition? Let’s turn this into a two-way discussion in the comments section below.


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