What is our view of peace? We all search for peace in our, but there are daily struggles that disrupt our sense of peace. The workplace, the transit to the workplace, the tasks and priorites of our workday. Then there is the homelife as well. There are children to care for, meals to prepare, laundry, grocery shoping, after school activities, and the list goes on. We are up before the sun and back in bed shortly after the sun goes down. And the cycle continues. Where is the peace?
Few of us, it seems, find peace throughout our day. We constantly struggle with our priorties and take little time to reflect upon the beauty and serenity that is all around us. We are always interrupted with the worlds view of success at the expense of life's joy. As I think about this, I have come to the conclusion many have it wrong. Specifically those without Christ in their lives. For Jesus told us He has given us His peace. The problem lies in the fact we ignore or shun His peace, striving to please ourselves with what the flesh desires.
We often are told to set a schedules, agendas, priorites, deadlines, etc. And to what end? More money, prestige, power and influence? In the end, what do we have? Fear and paranoia. What do I mean by fear and paranoia? When we find gains, we do what is necessary to protect it. The key word is “it." It seems another word for “it” is "idol." We replace the gift of Christ with the things that are without value in the end. The key to real peace is in Christ Jesus. I have listed several verses taken from scripture that speak of peace in Chirst. Be assured that His peace far outweighs the false sense of peace proclaimed by the world.
I encourage you today to seek and accept the peace that Jesus and the Bible speak of. Even in times of strife and daily activity, you can find peace; You can find it in Him who gave His all that you may be forgiven of your sins by trusting, believing, and accepting the peace of Jesus through the grace of God.
May you find peace and tranquility this Easter week and all your days to come.
Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, fathfulness,…”
Hebrews 12:14, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and be holy; without holiness no will see the Lord.”
1 Peter 3: 9-11, “Do not repay evil or insut with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this your were calld so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from decitful speech. The must turn from evil and do good’ they ust seek peace and pursue it.”
1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
James 3:18, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Phiippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Proverbs 12:20, “Deciet is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”
Proverbs 16:7, “When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.”
Psalm 29:11, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
Matthew 11:28 – 30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”