“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
Before we believed Jesus died for our sins and rose again, we were unable to experience true peace because we were separated from the Prince of Peace. The moment we believed in Jesus was the first moment we ever experienced true peace. It is only when we have peace with God that we can experience the peace of God.
What is the peace of God? In John 14:27 Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The peace the world offers will always leave you troubled and afraid, but the peace God offers will always leave you rejoicing, even in times of trouble. That’s what Paul was referring to when he wrote in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Are you troubled and afraid today? If so, know that you have access to the true peace of God right now. I believe Dr. M.G. Gutzke tells us exactly how to have it: “True peace comes from yielding all to the will of God. Let Him have his way, let him solve the problem, then the heart can be at peace. This is the peace that Jesus had as he faced the agony of Calvary. It is peace grounded in the promise of the ‘joy set before him’ (Hebrews 12:2). This is the peace offered to us. Christians do not need pleasures, affluence, influence, gratification or desires. Instead, they obtain peace through fellowship with God. Their peace is within, and the world cannot understand it, nor can it take that peace away.”
Join us on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we open Romans 5:1-5 for a message titled “In All Things Peace”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!