All sorts of ideas flood my mind when I think of the word “peace”. In a world full chaos, people everywhere long for peace. Why is there so much strife in the world?

The Bible gives us the only answer that makes sense. People are at war with one another because they do not know God. From the moment that Adam sinned, everyone was born into the world hating and afraid of God.

Paul said that we were God’s enemies (Rom. 5:10). We were born with no knowledge of God. Despite the evidence, some people even refuse to believe that God exists while many just live as though there is no God. Others defy Him by being as wicked as they can and think that He does not see or know what they are doing.

The amazing thing is that God was not put off by people’s attitudes of anger, hatred and enmity or even indifference towards Him. Long before we were born, He took the initiative and did something unthinkable to bring us back to Himself.

God cared so much about our alienation from Him that He gave His Son, Jesus to pay the price of forgiveness to reconcile us to Himself. Just imagine that! He did what we could never do. He paid the debt for us

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross (Col.1:19-20 – NIV).

 Peace with God is the foundation for peace in the world. Jesus reconciled us to the Father through His blood and He also reconciled us to our brothers and sisters.

For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two (Jew and Gentile) one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace (Eph. 2:14, 15b – NIV).

There is only one answer to the conflict between people and nations in the world – peace through the blood of Jesus.

Before He left His disciples to go to the cross, He gave them His legacy – His peace.

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 – NLT).

How do we get this peace? Paul gives us a prescription for God’s peace that guards our hearts and minds – Phil. 4:6-7.

With His peace in your heart, you’ll be at peace in the world.

Luella Campbell

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