Living a peaceful life is everyone’s goal. Are we successful in achieving it? Do we have peace? If you have been reading news lately, it is hard to miss the reality we are living every day. We see a state of great turmoil across the world. We see nations raising against nations and people against people. Where do we find peace in this troubled times? What about in our personal life? Do we have peace within us and with others? In this post, let us read more on this quest for peace.
Peace within us:
Unless we have peace within us it is not a reality to expect peace with others. Let us explore more on this aspect. The word “peace” has become a relative term and everyone has different meanings to it. Based on today’s context, we may say peace as the state without fights, wars, confusions, frustrations etc., We define peace from a negative context and limit it as a passive state excluding all the external factors disturbing us. When looked from the positive aspect of peace, it must mean restoring back to the original state where everything was working as intended and not just a neutral state.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. – Ephesians 2:14-18
How did we lose the original state? When God created humans, there was the fullness of peace and wholeness of life. It was the perfect order of life as created. When man rebelled against God and got separated as a result, we lost his fellowship, peace and all the blessings. Sin separated us from God and the proper order of creation changed. Fights, wars and all sorts of troubles came into existence.Apostle Paul said we were living in this condition of hopelessness, when God by his grace chose us and redeemed us through Christ (Ephesians 2).
Jesus Christ by his love and sacrifice restored, made peace and reconciled us with God when we trusted him (Romans 5:1). He himself became our peace and now we can have peace within us from the restored relationship with God. We might have tried many things to achieve this peace in life. Are we successful? We can get temporary peace which fades away. But God is the source of the ultimate peace (John 14:27) and ready to give to us when we ask him.
Peace with others:
The peace which we have from God is not just for us to keep it to ourselves, but it is to share with others. God shows the same mercy and gives this gift of peace to anyone who trusts in him as there is no partiality in his love. Christ destroys the barriers which makes us separate and makes us part of one family. Whatever differences we may have, they are all removed by his love. We are made one new creation who loves God and our fellow beings as brothers and sisters. We all can come to God regarding him as our father and have this family bond with one spirit.
What about those who are not peaceful with us? Sure, we will find such people in our lives. Bible asks us to maintain peace with everyone and as much as we can do it(Romans 12:18). It may be hard at times but we have Jesus who showed us a perfect example of living in peace with others. He showed his unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness towards others. When we follow his steps and show genuine love to others, God will give us wisdom to maintain and live in peace.
We live in times when peaceful life sounds like a fairy tale. Looking at the circumstances, it may look that way. But when we trust in Christ, he gives us his peace (John 16:33) even in the midst of troubles. There is a day coming when God will restore peace on all the earth but till that time he has promised to give us peace when we trust in him. It can be hard at times, but when we pray, God will give us peace which transcends our human understanding and his holy spirit living in us produces the fruit of peace in our lives. In this Christmas season, let us accept this gift of peace from the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) and radiate to the outside world. Have a blessed day!