Peace is a characteristic of the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22-23). Unrest, fear, hatred, worry and anxiety are in the minds of many. Are pills the answer? Doctors, Aleve and Advil may say “yes.” But Christ gives the true answer: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Mt 5:9).
Perilous times will always be on this earth: wars, rumors of wars, stealing, lying, adulteries, sodomy, deception, selfishness, laziness, etc. But to the Christian who truly loves God, “All things work together for good” (Rom 8:28).
David loved peace, but when others were for war he slew thousands. He would not shrink back when called to defend his God or His people (Psa 23; 120:6-7; 119:103-4; 133:1). Even his close companion with whom he once had sweet fellowship in the house of God turned against him, causing him to want to fly away and be at rest (Psa 55:2-15).
Christ is called “the Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6-7). He gives peace to those upon whom His favor rests (Jn 14:27; Lk 2:13-14). The mind controlled by the Spirit has peace (Rom 8:6). His preachers bring peace (Acts 10:36; Eph 6:15) but not all will accept His gospel. Hatred and division results, even within families (Mt 10:34-36; Lk 12:49-53).
Let us strive to obey Him, and thus be content with whatever circumstances may come our way (Phil 4:6-7, 11-12; Heb 13:5-6). Only then are we freed from worry (I Tim 6:6-8; 2 Pet 3:13-14; I Pet 4:11-19; Phil 4:6-7).
Additional Commentary not found in the printed version of this article:
“The true source of Christian peace; the fact that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. (Leroy G)”
1Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”