Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
For many years I was in search mode with my faith. I kept searching for something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At first, I thought it was to be accepted. Then I turned to searching for joy. I finally landed on the underlying need for all my searching – peace. I realized what I wanted each and every day was to wake up with sense of peace, go through my day with peace and lay down my head at night peace-filled.
In a recent Bible study I did by Christian teacher Jackie Hill Perry on the book of Jude, she explained the two different types of Christian peace. 1) Peace with God and 2) Peace from God.
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. John 14:27
During the Christmas holidays one of the great misunderstandings or misuses of Bible words are “peace on Earth.” So many non-Christians (and probably many self-identified Christians) think this means no war, no strife. But the “peace” we can be so thankful for is the peace we now have WITH God after we repented and entered into a life of submission to Him. In effect, our relationship, which was fractured, is now repaired. Secondly, the peace with get FROM God is the knowledge that He is in ultimate control of this world and we know our final place will rest with Him in eternity.
Although it’d certainly be awesome if this world were to stop being at war with each other, if violence wasn’t an everyday occurrence, I know that the unrepentant man will always act for the passions of the flesh.
Now that my search is complete, I am working every day to live in God’s gift of peace. I can easily fall into the well-worn paths of the world that I created but I’m forging a new road with His help.