“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called…”
Paul to the Colossians
It seems everyone knows that God is love—it gets quoted almost every time an opinion unfavorable to someone is expressed. Of course, that does not diminish in the least the fact that God is indeed love. The gift of God—the evidence one has found the love that is God—is peace.
This was the message at the advent of Christ, the gift of God, “…on earth peace…” That is, peace had come to the earth as Jesus later told his disciples.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’
Peace of mind, heart, and spirit is the plan of God for those who will receive it. While peace is a gift, we often don’t recognize it or avail ourselves of it. Troubled hearts and lives are many times all we as human beings know. When trials come, we are quick to see them as one more heartache rather than the working of our faith that produces peace.
We are called to peace as surely as we are called to salvation. Salvation is making a personal peace with God whereby we enter both the life and peace of God through Christ.
Peace is the ultimate act of faith and trust in God. Nothing says trust in God like peace in the face of trial. Peace is easy to practice. It does not require you to cross oceans, it does not require wealth or physical strength. It can be done in the acts of everyday living. In fact, everyday living is the best place for peace.
Remember, however, that peace is not the absence of trouble or woe, it is contentment in the midst of them. The same Lord who gives us His peace also said that our foes would be those of our own household and the day would come when those who slay us think they do God a favor. The peace of God is the guardian of the Christian’s heart and mind through the course of a life lived for God.