Have you ever thought how peace is made? Do you think it is long hours of discussion, disagreement, and compromise? Have you thought it may be something that is already available to you, if you will only grasp it?
We often think of peace as the opposite of conflict. When war breaks out, we pray for peace. When we live in anger filled and disruptive households, we pray for peace. When our jobs include dissention within the ranks, we pray for peace.
But what if peace is far more than the absence of war, anger, dissention, and disruption? What if peace can be ours while enduring all the above? It can be ours. It is offered by God to us. We merely need to take hold of it. But that’s where the rub comes in, isn’t it?
To grasp the peace God offers, we must stop attempting to be in control. We must give up our anxiety to achieve it. We must accept that Jesus has paid the price already and stands ready to give us the peace that comes through His conquering of this world. We must quit wringing our hands and fold our hands in prayer instead.
The fullness of God dwelt in Christ. How is that possible? He is God. When we are reconciled through Him, we experience the peace He promised. When He shed His blood on the cross and rose again on the third day, He conquered this world. True, we will face trouble in this world, but we don’t have to face it alone nor be riddled with anxiety and worry by it. We can maintain an inner calm and peace by holding on to Christ.
I pray we all seek the inner peace God is willing to grant us. I pray we seek the peace that comes from Him, a peace that is beyond understanding. I pray each one of us give up our anxiety to experience the peace of Christ. Give up anxiety. Seek the peace of God. Seek the peace of Christ. Ask God for His peace. Accept His peace into your life. Jesus has conquered this world.
Colossians 1:19-20 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.