The Peace of God
God’s peace is the most gracious gift that Heaven can bestow upon men (John 14:27; Philippians 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The Lord invites all to “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it” (Psalms 34:14). And He is very eager to pour this amazing gift on His children. Jesus promised the believers, “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
When the believer accepts Christ as his personal Savior, submits to God’s good will, repents of his sins, receives forgiveness, gets baptized and gets filled with the Holy Spirit, the Lord imparts His peace to him. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
The believer’s daily friendship with the Father (through study of the Word and prayer) will ultimately bring him this comforting gift. For “the LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace” (Psalms 29:11). Nothing in the world can measure next to this amazing gift.
To maintain this peace, Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:4,5). As the believer abides in Christ, the fruit of the spirit will be manifested in his life. For “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith” (Galatians 5:22).
Also, the believer needs to have a peaceful attitude towards all men. Paul wrote, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). To obtain this mind set, the believer needs to be have a meek character. For “the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:11). And when the believer cooperates with the Lord, God promised that even his enemies will give him peace. “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).
In His service,