“It makes no sense to take the name of Christian and not cling to Christ. Jesus Christ is not some magic charm to wear like a piece of jewelry we think will give us good luck. He is the Lord. His name is to be written on our hearts in such a powerful way that it creates in us a profound experience of His peace and a heart that is filled with His praise.“
I like this definition of peace from Vocabulary.com: “Peace is a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom.” Do you feel peaceful and calm? Are you free of anxiety, and stress? Do your thoughts take you to meddling in other people’s affairs, gossiping, comparing and sizing up what co-workers, other students, your spouse, or friends do or not do? When you and I begin to look around us it can be extremely destructive to our process and peace from God. When you and I are bothered by and meddle with others we trouble our trouble, breeding discouragement and maybe even hostility back onto us, but we also lose the ability to take our own inventory of our hearts. In 2 Thessalonians Paul encourages them to stop gossiping, to work, and to live in the power of God, so that the work of Christ in them might demonstrate a life lived by faith in peace in relationship with God, and with others. He points them back to who’s peace it is – the Lord’s, who is peace himself (Is.9:6 the Prince of Peace), and because Jesus lives in us to those who believe then He is with us at ALL times and that means you and I have the grace to access that peace every moment of every day. His very presence not only offers us a “stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom”, but by His very presence demonstrates where our hearts are not at peace and living in His power. But He doesn’t just leave us in our angst and restless state but offers His refining grace, calling us to repent in those specific areas where you and I are restless, stressed and not experiencing the abundant life (Jn 10:10) Jesus died for and offers to us.
Let me encourage you with Paul’s same reminder and blessing to the church of Thessalonica:
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2Thess3:16
Think About It:
What does peace look like to you?
Where is the evidence of peace or lack of peace in your life?
Do you believe He is who He says He is: the Prince of Peace?
Where are you experiencing stress, turmoil, friction, unrest?
In light of Christ’s and His presence and peace, where do you need to repent of using your own means, and where do you need to claim Christ’s power, presence and peace in your life?
What would it look like to lay your stress, turmoil, unrest down at the cross? What would be revealed behind your anxiousness?