Peace

August 2012 Blog:

  Psalm 119:165
"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
The bible makes it clear that peace is an important contributor to the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of a Christian. In this month's biblical perspective we are told by Christ the Prince of Peace that He alone is the source of supernatural peace and that it cannot be replicated by the world. This form of peace is considered to be one of the "fruit" provided by the Holy Spirit, who is also known as the "Comforter".
The above meditational scripture further expands our understanding of peace by hinting at how it is developed and how it is manifested in the life of the earnest seeker of peace. Adding to Christ’s reference of a peace that is “out of this world”, we are told that this type of peace is “great” and that it is connected to loving the law of God. So how does God’s law do this? Well in Isaiah 26:3, we are counselled that if we keep our mind staid on God which would include his law as a transcript of his character, we would be kept in "perfect peace". The other aspect of having great peace is that "nothing can offend" those who have it. In this world of trials and tribulations which we know are a hallmark of the Christian walk (see John 16:33), how is it possible to get into a state of mind and being where we neither give nor take offence? In Acts 24:16 Paul tells us that we need to exercise ourselves in order to develop "a conscience void of offence towards God and towards men". I would suggest that Christ provides us with the exercise programme in "the sermon on the mount" recorded in Matthew 5:3-12 by following steps summarised below:
  1. Recognising our spiritual poverty
  2. Repentance
  3. Developing humility
  4. A desire to be righteous
  5. Loving God and our fellow man
  6. Pure motives
  7. Becoming peacemakers
Isn’t it interesting that becoming a peacemaker is the final step in the exercise programme? Once implemented, the benefits of this exercise so fortify the Christian that they are able to withstand persecution, reviling and insults for their faith whilst at the same time, maintain a peaceable composure devoid of offence (Matthew 5:11-12). By the world’s standards, Christ’s words do not make any logical sense- in fact who in their right mind would put up with the injustice of persecution and abuse without retaliating? Well Christ did, and he tells us that we must follow him which he himself suffered for the chastisement of our peace (see Isaiah 53). Below is a list of the other benefits of peace: Throughout the bible we are counselled not to worry or fear, because God is with us and will help us in our distress and difficulties. By exercising our faith in God and believing his word, we have a biblical guarantee of peace which cannot be comprehended by the world’s standards. Fellow Christian/ seeker of truth is this the type of peace that you are interested in? Well it is available to you diligently seek it.
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