Peace. It really hit culture in the 1960s. “Can’t we all just get along.” Peace is something we still aim for. In the context of God, what does peace mean?
1 Corinthians 14:33 says God is a God of peace, not confusion.
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.”
What is God’s attribute of peace?
“God’s peace means that in God’s being and in His actions He is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet He is continually active in innumerable well-ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions.” Grudem
I wish I could pull that off. Work feels like chaos and I’m only managing 20 people. This peace isn’t tied to inactivity. God is busy and heaven is a busy place, but they’re not chaotic.
How can we have this peace?
For the wicked, there is no peace. Isaiah 48:22 and 57:21 says, “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” Pretty straightforward.
For those God loves, Jesus says, “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
Paul tells us in Romans 8:6 that “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit…” Romans 14:17
When we walk in God’s ways, we experience the Kingdom of God more and more. The Fruit of the Spirit is evident in our lives.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Self-control also ties into peace. Both of these are in the Fruit of the Spirit and how we show those attributes of God.
Peace comes from peace with God. That can only come from a right relationship with God. Do you have it?
If you don’t, then do this:
- Admit to yourself that you’re not perfect and have rebelled against God.
- Turn away from your old life and accept the new life that Jesus offers. He died for you so that you can be in a right relationship with God.
- Ask him to save you and make him the boss in your life.
Jesus accepts you as you are but won’t leave you as you are. He’ll bring a sense of peace to your life that surpasses all understanding as he begins to clean you up.
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Chapter 13: The Character of God; “Communicable” Attributes of God Part 2