19th September 2016


“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

I read a story some years ago about a minister who began his sermon on Peace with the question, “What is peace?” A little boy sitting in the front row shouted out, “Peace is when you feel all smooth inside!”

Out of the mouth of babes—that answer almost sums up what the Bible is talking about whenever it mentions peace. But the Hebrew word ‘Shalom’ and the Greek word ‘Eirene’ mean a lot more than just a feeling, because this peace is not just the absence of conflict, it is wholeness, physical well being, prosperity, security, good relations and integrity. It’s a whole package and is wrapped up in salvation and life with God!

Our Father has already made peace with all of us and it was the most expensive peace deal of all time, as we read in Colossians 1:19-21 (NLT), “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once so far away from God.”

The Oxford Dictionary explains that when we’re peaceful, or full of peace; we’re serene, placid, calm, quiet, gentle, tranquil, untroubled, and unruffled—or perhaps—“Feeling all smooth inside!”

Paul tells us in other scriptures that:
God is a God of peace—(Romans 15:33).
Christ is the Lord of peace, who gives peace—(2 Thessalonians 3:16).
The gospel is a gospel of peace—(Ephesians 6:15).
The mindset of the Spirit is life and peace—(Romans 8:6).
The fruit of the spirit is peace—(Galatians 5:22).
The peace of God guards our hearts and minds—(Philippians 4:7).

This then is the incredible spiritual peace that transcends circumstances, that drives away fears, that puts our worries into perspective and allows us to passionately follow Jesus wherever his Spirit leads and to grab hold of this extravagant peace that passes all understanding!

I wish you a day of peace—Shalom!

Jesus, Lord of peace, give us that quiet serenity that flows from you daily; that amazing peace that will keep our hearts and minds steadfastly rooted in you.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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