James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
Peace seems to be an elusive concept these days. To try to have peace in our homes, communities, and the workplace is an ever changing dynamic. Because we all have opinions, preferences, prejudices, and passions, we come into contention when we cannot intelligibly discuss our views without hatred or violence.
Our world is becoming increasingly polarized in her views. Wars have begun over disagreements that could or should be settled peaceably. An injustice plays out in the media, and rioters take to the streets in protest. Authority figures are put under the microscope of scrutiny before all the facts have yet to be released.
I have lived long enough to know that there are always two sides to a story, and after hearing both sides, I still may not have all the facts.
God’s peace is not something that can be manipulated or manufactured. It comes when we allow God to bring it. It settles on a heart open to forgiveness and cleansing. It comes to a relationship that will enable correction to come. It comes to a contentious situation and calms the passions that would cause impetuous decisions.
Peace is the presence of God in a situation that removes anger, vengeance, and hatred. Peace is the blessing of God.
Psalm 29:11 “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
There is such a thing as perfect peace.
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
We may not always have peace one with another, but to have peace with God is paramount.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
To have peace in our life is to be Spirit-controlled. It is the fruit of His leading in our lives.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Peace is destroyed when we are easily offended. Some live with a constant chip on their shoulder, looking for a fight. Others are skewed in their worldview, not allowing room for debate or challenge. Still, others cannot accept those who differ from their perspective and use it as a point of attack.
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
When we seek peace, it will take humility on our part. It will need compassion for those who may struggle with the wisdom and understanding that only God can bring. Patience and longsuffering are gifts God can give to those trying to help others find peace.
We must be genuine in the peace we seek. We must allow God to lead those needing peace to experience it for themselves.
Peace is not the absence of trouble. We can have peace amid concern.
Hebrews 12:14-15 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
Though our world grows increasingly chaotic, God’s children can bring peace to every situation.