Monday, November 11, 2013
Can you put a price on peace? How much would you pay to never have any conflict in your life? All battles, all fighting within your home would be eradicated. We might pay a lot, just to never have those conflicts in our lives ever again.
Peace reigned in the beginning of Creation. God’s creation was filled with peace rather than the present condition of conflict. What happened?
Sin. Adam and Eve sinned against God and forever strife remained. Sin entered and peace exited from the earth. Since that time, humans have been at war with God, and with others and within ourselves. We struggle against addiction, against anger, against anxiety, and against the conflict within our minds and hearts.
God wants to bring peace into our lives.
Peace I leave with you.
When Lisa and I were going through the battle with lung cancer, it was odd how often there was a sense of strange peace. It was a way of God confirming that His hand was upon us and His Presence was with us, even though we were facing the storm of cancer. This was a time we should not have had peace, yet God filled us with the peace that He was with us.
Do you lack peace? Do you have turmoil in your life? Draw near to the Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” If we are constantly focused on the circumstances, then we will not have peace. If we are focused on Christ, on eternity and face those circumstances with an spiritual perspective, we will have peace. What a promise!
When you have an opportunity to bring peace, you step in between two people who are embroiled in conflict and you make peace. When you become a peacemaker, you are like Jesus. Jesus stood in between humans and God and made peace. He reconciled us to a right relationship with God and so we are given the eternal hope of life.
When we become peacemakers, we become like Christ. The peacemakers will be called the children of God. Jesus was just like His Father. When we are embroiled in conflict and divisive, then we are unlike our Father in heaven. But when we want to see people come to Jesus, when we want to see people restored despite the wrongs they have done, we become like Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God.
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Jesus brought peace to our lives. He delivered us from the conflict with God that leads to destruction and death. But it came at a price. He had to sacrifice, to come and save us. Peace comes at a price. When we share Christ, we may be hated or ridiculed. Jesus is worth it. When we deliver His peace, there is no greater reward.
I know it is good to be accepted by the people around us. It is exponentially better to be accepted by God.