THE PEACE OF GOD

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

We must distinguish “the peace of God” from “peace with God.” “Peace with God” is the result of our justification — “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “Peace with God” is an objective thing. At one time we were hostile toward God, and were enemies with Him (Romans 5:6-11). But because of Jesus’ work on our behalf, we have now been reconciled to God. We now have “peace with God.” We are in a secure and unalterable standing with God.

The “peace of God” is more subjective. It is something we can experience deep within our hearts and minds. Peace is one of the communicable attributes of God. We can share in His peace. “The peace of God” originates in God, who Himself possesses it. It is a gift of God’s love to His children. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23).

“The peace of God” is founded upon God’s grace. One author wrote that it is “the smile of God reflected in the soul of the believer.” It is the firm conviction that He who spared not His own Son will surely also, along with Him, freely give us all things” (Romans 8:32).

In many ways the “peace of God” surpasses all understanding. We can be going through times of intense difficulty and suffering, and yet have peace. It doesn’t make sense to unbelievers. It doesn’t seem reasonable or even possible to them. But God’s children know the peace He gives regardless of our circumstances. We know that He is with us and that we have nothing to fear. That is “the peace of God” in action.

Lord Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace. Thank You for making peace with God possible for me. And thank You for giving me Your peace in my heart and mind. You said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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