Our lives seem so chaotic and volatile that peace feels like something strictly reserved for the new Earth. But do we really have to wait until the lion lies down with the lamb to experience peace?
It is listed as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), so that means, as unlikely as it seems, we are supposed to have it in our lives as followers of Christ. But what does peace look like?
For starters, we should establish what peace is not. It doesn’t mean you’ll never have conflict. If we accept that Jesus best exemplified the fruit of the Spirit, including peace, we have to acknowledge His life had conflict. Being put to death should fall under anyone’s definition of conflict.
In Romans 12:18, Paul says to live at peace with everyone, as far as it depends on you. Others will bring conflict and strive into your life, so peace must be something different. Through the Holy Spirit, we must be able to have peace in the midst of those unwanted conflicts.
Peace is much more than the absence of conflict. Part of biblical peace is Spirit-given freedom from worry despite our circumstances.
While so many products are advertised solely on their purported ability to help you worry less, when we allow the Spirit to work in our lives, we can truly be free from worry. It’s all a matter of trust.
Jesus tells His disciples not to worry about the normal things of life, but instead seek His Kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:25-34). You and I can have peace and not worry because the Spirit reminds us that the One in whom we have placed my trust is faithful and worthy of complete trust.
In 2 Timothy 1:12, Paul shares his confidence in Christ’s ability to finish the salvation He started.
Think of all that salvation requires, all of it—regeneration, justification, sanctification, glorification. Think what an enormous task it is to raise you from death to life eternally.
Now, consider whatever circumstance you face that has been robbing you of your peace. As is always the case, circumstances seem so much smaller when seen through a Christ-centered perspective.
You can experience peace and escape worry’s captivity because you are held by the One who has purchased and promised your salvation.
Peace is yours. The only question is, “Will you take it?”