Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace with God
In a number of old movies one of the characters would be dying of a gunshot wound. As his life slipped away, he’d remark that everything was alright because he had made his peace with God. It almost gave me the impression that the gunslinger was forgiving God for all of the wrongs that they had to endure. However, the theme was that they had said sorry to God for their evils and now they were ready to walk into heaven and enter life eternal.
We too, tend to associate peace with God with heaven. We are at odds with God and we live in a difficult world. There is no peace to be had here, we think. However, when this life and all its trials is ended, peace will be our reward in heaven.
Paul promises peace now. It is not just the absence of war or conflict. It is living in harmony with God. It is seeing the way that the world should run and living in harmony with that. When the King of Heaven becomes our personal king, we live out the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. When God’s Kingdom is acknowledged by all, there is peace. When we see God’s will, even in suffering, we can experience peace in this life, even in the midst of terrible storms.
God, please bring your peace to my heart. Let me know how our lives should be best organised in order to bring your Kingdom to earth. May the world know peace because it knows you.
- What is the ‘therefore’ there for?
- How do we have peace with God?
- What is Jesus’ connection with true peace?
- Do you have peace?
- How can you be an agent of peace to your home town?