Inner peace is part of the spiritual inheritance Jesus left us: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). It confirms we’re experiencing true kingdom living, not mere religious rule keeping. It’s “fruit of the Spirit,” or evidence the Spirit is present and having His way in us (Gal. 5:22).
Like John the Baptist, God’s true messengers “guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). We should therefore earnestly “pursue the things which produce peace” (Rom. 14:19). Jesus weeps when we ignore His appointed “visitations” of peace or our opportunities to renew our peace by drawing near Him every morning (Luke 19:41-44).
As we continue doing so, God continues to “fill” us with more of His peace (Rom. 15:13). It supernaturally “keeps” (guards) our minds, even in very stressful situations, if we steadily commit all cares to God through believing prayer (Phil. 4:6-7). Christ “speaks peace” to us by bringing Scriptures to mind that explain our adversities and reveal what He wants us to do (Ps. 85:8).
God sends fresh supplies of peace to reassure us to stay faithful when others are abandoning Him (Ps. 125:5). He also renews our peace whenever we receive forgiveness or healing, do good works, win spiritual battles, complete tests or witness God’s fulfillments.
Peace always accompanies God’s wise guidance: “All her [wisdom’s] paths are peace” (Prov. 3:17). Whoever sows God’s Word will be “led forth with peace” (Is. 55:12). Faithfully obeying God’s commands brings “peace … as a river” (Is. 48:18). Continuing peace confirms we are becoming spiritually mature, fully sanctified by the “God of peace” (1 Thess. 5:23). Meditating on God’s faithfulness imparts “perfect peace” (Is. 26:3). Loving God’s Word prevents offense and imparts “great peace” (Ps. 119:165). Consistently yielding to Jesus’ lordship brings “abundance of peace” (Ps. 72:7), ensuring we’ll be “in peace” when He appears (2 Pet. 3:14). Ultimately, we and our children will “delight” ourselves in peace – forever! Thus, peace is a huge blessing.
Nothing is worth losing it. It kept Jesus tranquil through everything: long obscurity, public scandal, even the cross. And He’s passed it on to us.
Have you received His peace? Are you pursuing “the things which make for peace” (Rom. 14:19)? Is peace ruling your decisions, activities and controversies? Is it increasing, decreasing or absent? Follow its stabilizing guidance until the gospel, God and Son of peace establish you in the “way of peace.”