A Peace the passes ALL understanding.
In my opinion, you never understand peace until you have experienced tragedy or an unsettling event. If everything is always right in your world, why would you ever put your trust in something that has the power to make sense out of horrific events? How would you have a hope for the future if the future naturally looked gainful?
Literally within a year, 347 days to be exact, I was in 2 car accidents that resulted in both of my cars being totaled out and my bank account looking like “eww”. TWICE! Broken bones and broken spirits, all in a month that was already flooded with a rollercoaster of emotions. And dealing with those emotions, I also encountered the true motives of others ; I literally had nowhere to turn but to the Constant that I had known since I was 14. Even when I found myself sitting in my bed, rubbing the temples of my head and rocking back and forth, trying to control my shaking, I knew where peace came from….and I knew that someone (the devil) was trying to steal it from me.
The prophecy of the coming Messiah said that he would be our Prince of Peace. Many think that peace is something that is unattainable and that because in this life we will have hardships, that peace has no place in it. But as a person that has had firsthand experience with chaos all around but a calm that words couldn’t explain, I must disagree. John 16:33 says that we WILL go through things, but Jesus has overcome them all, and in Him, we will overcome them as well (PS that’s the real meaning of Philippians 4:13….not you making the basketball team. I’m just saying!)
Peace is a mind thing. To have true, eternal, internal peace, we must have the mind of Christ. What does that mean? We must place a trust in Him, know what His word commands and act accordingly (not act in the sense that by works we can earn a good standing with God, but to do what He wants us to do, in order to partake in the promises of God). Peace is a promise. (Philippians 4:7)
We are called to live on peace with everyone. Yes, everyone! The Lord does not want us to fight, have hate or disdain toward anyone we are around. If we are doing something (especially for God) and remember that we have offended someone, we are to stop what we are doing and be reconciled (MAKE PEACE) to them (Matthew 5:24). Having peace with someone does not necessarily mean that you will have sleepovers and cookouts with them all the time. But it does demand a level of civility and decorum and GENUINE LOVE (look at the fruits connecting themselves together!)
You never quite understand why bad things happen, why you fall out with people or even what each event in your life means. And we may never know, on this side of life. But the key to it all is to let Jesus lead and guide your life and allow yourself to be open to the peace He gives.
Here are some practical ways to practice peace in your life:
⭐️Realize that things are going to happen outside of your control
🌈Remember that there is Someone who is in control of it all
☀️Focus on things that are lovely, pure and of a good report
❤Take care of your mental health
Next week, we will be talking about good ol patience (Lord help us all!)