Peace. I don’t get it.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace is often defined rather simply as a state of tranquility and rest.  We want peace with our friends, our family, and even our world.  Remember the hippie era?  “World peace, man.”  And we talk about peace in these settings of relationships and world, it is inferred that peace is something we will attain when we work at it.  Now we can work hard at getting along, but I am not sure that we can achieve peace.  That would likely require that we agree on philosophies and ideals.  The countries of the world will never agree with each other.  People won’t agree with each other either, which puts humanity at odds against itself.  So this striving for peace is a worthless pursuit.  It may be attained externally, but never internally.

Philippians 4:7 describes peace in another way.  It is not an object to be attained or even understood.  Rather, real peace transcends all understanding.  It doesn’t happen in the place of the mind, but in the spirit and the soul. We are ineffective in achieving it when we make it an issue of understanding.  Peace doesn’t happen that way.

Peace happens when you are in Christ.  It is not something you get, it is something you have. And you only have it when you have Christ in you and He gives it to you.  It all starts with being in peace with God and that extends to all other areas of our life.  We have been going at it backwards; we try to achieve it in our minds and hearts.  True peace on comes when it is given by Jesus.  It is that peace that goes beyond your understanding.  It is that peace that actually guards your mind and your heart.

So if you really want peace today, start by running to Jesus. Live your life IN Him.  Peace will naturally come out of that relationship.  If you want to know more (shameless plug), you can come to church Sunday morning and I will talk about the shoes of peace that have been given to every believer.

One thought on “Peace. I don’t get it.

  1. I like how you said that we have it backwards, and that true peace comes only through Christ. Imagine all the self-help books that would go out of print, and how many therapists would be out of their jobs, if we really understood this concept!

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