Peace- (noun): freedom from disturbance; tranquility.
When I see a blanket of fresh white snow…I see peace. The ground is covered, the sounds are hushed and the world feels a little bit softer.
Where do you find your peace? Is it in the quiet moments-curled up with a good book, your Sunday morning worship service, or someplace all-together different?
When we find peace~our steps are lighter, our heart is lifted and we feel the breath in our lungs. When we find peace, we can attend to the unexpected, find margin in our day and live with fullness. This is the peace that the world tells us to ‘work towards” and go after…
But are you able to experience this same peace on the good days and the bad days? When your family is in shambles, your finances a mess, your health failing and your relationships unraveling~can you still find the peace?
You see, finding peace and HAVING PEACE are two very different things…
Finding peace-may mean coming to terms with your circumstances, accepting the unacceptable and handling the disappointment.
But HAVING PEACE starts in the heart and infuses your soul~it is a spiritual kind of peace that never leaves you. You no longer have to find it or work for it, because this kind of peace comes from God and lasts through eternity. When we HAVE SPIRITUAL PEACE, we are living as one with the Holy Spirit~as we are renewed and refreshed by God’s grace. With the Spirit, comes the granting of a peace beyond our human understanding or any ability to “go after it”. It is a living peace that dwells among us and fills our hearts and souls.
Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23 NLT
The peace that Christ established with his death and resurrection, created a thread that knits all of our brokenness together. This is peace beyond our comprehension and is available to us when we seek and ask for it. The peace of Christ is the most perfect gift, wrapped in papers of gold leaf and adorned with silver ribbon. It sits under the tree of life, waiting for us to receive it.
The peace of Christ warms our soul much like a hot cup of cocoa warms our body on a cold winters day.
When God is with us, we find peace… but when we accept Christ and allow the Spirit to fill our souls we HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD
For he himself is our peace, one who has made the two groups one and who has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14 NIV
Jesus is the prince of peace. When his angels blow the trumpet, we can be sure he is calling us to rest in his peace. And it is only by the atonement of the Holy Spirit that the chaos of the world is drown out, as nothing can disturb the~ PEACE OF GOD.
Peace is holy. Peace is trans-formative. Peace is life-giving and soul-sustaining
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3