Over the past two weeks, we have looked at some of the ways that the peace that God offers us through his Son changes us. The reception of this peace changes how we view God. It calms our souls with an assurance of permanent peace with God. It also conditions our emotions, helping us resists Satan’s attacks. Here we look at two more ways God’s peace changes us.
Peace with God not only calms one’s troubled soul, it also moves one’s hands. Romans 12:18, says, “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” If God has gone to such lengths to make peace with us, how can we ever withhold peace from others. If God found a way to relieve our greatest of debts, how can we squabble with others over smaller ones. What grudges are you nursing right now against others that you need to let go of? Do you have an estranged child that you have refused to talk to? A ruptured friendship that you have kept at arms-length? Are you harboring resent in your heart against another member of your church family? “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
The world needs this right now. We are dividing over even the most trivial things. I have actually heard people say things like, “I don’t know if I can be friends with that person anymore based on the political signs he puts in his yard or because of the person he voted for last election.” Because God has made peace with you at such a cost, be a peace-making person with others. Take the initiative, even if they refuse.
Lastly, know that God is making peace in this world through his church. God is drawing people into his church from every nation, culture, and race. We have the privilege of proclaiming to others the gospel of peace. Our culture has adopted all sorts of inaccurate versions of what Christianity proclaims. They think the church is the moral police or something worse. They have no conception that the gospel proclaims peace to those who do not deserve it. Be a peace proclaimer. Tell the gospel message that others may receive this peace.
Let the glorious knowledge that you have peace with God through your Lord Jesus Christ assure you, transform you, and give you peace.