One of the greatest things that we believers in Christ enjoy, and should motivate us to offer to those yet to commit is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace of God is a mental attitude of tranquility based on a relationship with God in Christ Jesus. Our world is constantly in a state of chaos, turbulence, strife, disturbance, restlessness, and agitation, war within our soul and on the outside. The world has its own way of engaging in peace that generally concentrates on the outside that may not torch the soul, which may be temporal, fake, pretentious or superficial. This is why Jesus teaches and offers us real peace that comes from inside to affect the outside manifestation and relationships. Jesus, the Author and Prince of Peace said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Jesus’ kind of peace is our possession when we invite Him into our life to experience genuine confession and forgiveness of sin and blessed eternally with the Holy Spirit, the presence of God and Jesus inside our soul (John 14:25-26). So, we may conclude that real peace inside our soul cannot be experienced without our genuine personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Peace, like joy and love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
There is a vital lesson of life deriving from the above expressed truth of the Holy Word of God. The truth is that what we don’t have, we cannot give to someone else, even though we may pretend we have it and give it away. When we see people who have bitterness and engage in constant, perpetual strife/rancor and without a forgiving spirit, most likely such ones do not have the peace of God in Christ Jesus inside them. Or/and maybe, they lack the knowledge and willingness of how to express it in relationship with others!
In Romans 5:1, the word of God said, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Having such a peace of and from God, we are encouraged and challenged as a way of life to make peace one with another thus: “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse . . . live in harmony with one another. . . Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:14-18)
The question for everyone of us today is; Do you have the peace of God through Jesus Christ inside your soul? And are you a person of peace living in harmony with others as far as it depends on you? We are called to be the agent of peace, real peace in our world of turbulence, violence, sinful anger and revenge with unforgiveness. We cannot afford to do otherwise without losing fellowship with the Holy Spirit and deny ourselves the joy of God inside our soul. God forbid! - Dr. Johnson Omoni