Looking for peace in all the wrong places

Peace is difficult to obtain. In fact, the only lasting peace available is in the spiritual realm. However, even there it must be properly focused. Peace is a possession of God and we’ll find it only on his terms.

Humans falsely think that physical peace brings spiritual peace. But that’s backwards. All measures of peace begin spiritually and then emanate out to the other areas of our lives.

When we sin, we’re separated from the Lord (Isaiah 59:1-2) and we become his enemies (Romans 5:10). Sin is darkness and it cannot be where God is (1 John 1:5). Accordingly, man has to be reconciled to God which can only happen through Christ (Colossians 1:19-22).

The great gulf of sin prevents us from restoration and only Christ can bring us to God’s throne. Only in his blood can we be justified before the Father (Romans 5:9; 1 John 1:7). When we’re at peace with God and transformed through the gospel (Romans 12:1-2), we can foster peace with others.

We falsely think that spiritual unity occurs when we all agree. No, when we’re united with Christ, we’re likewise united with everyone else who is bonded with the Lord. Therefore, peace with God is the starting point for peace with our brethren.

When spiritual peace is our focus, we find it much easier to look past the foibles of men and remain focused on glorifying God (Ephesians 3:20-21). We weigh everything in terms of heaven so that grievances that were once earth-shattering become worthless trifles (Philippians 3:12-16).

Led by the Spirit and his Word, the God of hope becomes our guide and beacon of light in a dark world (Romans 15:13). Let’s shun temporary fixes and embrace the eternal, spiritual solution of the peace that will resonate through the ages and into eternity (Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7).

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