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)
The Bible speaks of two kinds of peace — peace with God and the peace of 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). Prior to our justification we were alienated from God because of our sin. But the good news is that Jesus came to reconcile us to God — “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:8,9). It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are justified and as a result of our justification, we have peace with God.
The peace of God is something we experience inwardly. It is the sweet peace that originates from God, who Himself possesses it in His own being. God is the God of peace. Peace is one of God’s communicable attributes, which means that we are able to share in His peace.
The peace of God is a gift from God given to His children. It is a fruit of the work of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) and is founded upon God’s grace. The peace of God surpasses all understanding. God’s people can experience when humanly speaking there is every reason not to experience it. Experiencing God’s peace during times of great suffering is something that cannot be explained. I have known people who experienced terrible suffering and tragedies but who had incredible peace. The only explanation for such peace during those circumstances is that God produced it deep within their souls.
The peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. The Greek word translated “guard” is a military term used by a detachment of soldiers who stand guard over a city and protect it from attack. The peace of God guards our hearts and minds. It is as though God is holding our hearts and our minds in the palm of His hand, guarding and protecting them.
We must be very clear that one cannot have the peace of God apart from Jesus Christ. He is the Prince of Peace. When we have a vital, growing relationship with Him, we will experience His peace. He made this promise to us — “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).
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, thank You for the gift of peace that You make available to Your children. There have been times in my life when I have experienced the peace of God that brought comfort, hope and joy to my soul. I know that Your peace will guard my heart and my mind. Because of Your peace my heart does not need to be troubled and I do not need to be afraid of anything. Grant me Your peace this day.
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