“Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 5:1
What could win peace for my anxious heart which is riddled by so many demands and plagued by inability to hold it all together? We tend to think of peace as something we must work on or perform. “Peace with myself,” or “if I can only find some peace.” We also think peace is simply something between people in relationships. Yet our need for peace is deeper; by grace, His peace is deeper.
Paul says we enjoy peace with God through Jesus. All our wrongs are made right, or justified, by Jesus and we receive this by faith. Oh, but there is gained for our anxious, broken hearts everything in heaven by this faith! We not only are relieved of the burdens we carry, we have an active peace! Peace to rejoice in our sufferings and persevere by His grace to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-5).
Jesus left us this peace, not as the world gives, but a peace which gives this word: "Let not your hearts be troubled" (John 14:27). This is Christ’s peace given to us! This peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7), in Whom we have peace with God. This peace, sovereign to Christ, is commanded to rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). Christ’s peace is not something He gives when we need it beyond our own works, but a peace to rule in our desires and to make His church one.
This peace belonging to Christ which rules our hearts and rejoices in all things is learned (Philippians 4:11-12). Paul said he learned the secret to this satisfying peace. We go through trials, afflictions, and day to day life beyond our abilities to hold it together to learn this secret of Christ’s peace.
The peace of Christ which rules the hearts of His united people is the secret to forgive and be forgiven, turn away from captivating sins, learning patience, courage, boldness in speaking the truth in love in the bond of peace given by the Holy Spirit.
How is this peace won for us and learned? It isn’t in finding peace with ourselves or finding peace in circumstances such as better paying jobs or managing relationships so I don’t become anxious or angry. This peace is found only in God, and this is won for you and given to you through Jesus Christ who justifies the wrongdoers. What marvelous grace our God has for us!
Heavenly Father, forgive and heal our anxious hearts. We let preferences or opinions rule and determine our peacefulness and peaceableness with others. Heal our anxious and broken hearts by Your sovereign peace given to us, not by our works, but by Christ. May we drink fully of Your grace and be satisfied and enjoy Your peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.