“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Peace is something we all desire – in our relationships, in our world, and in our own hearts. It is what we seek, but what does it really mean? And, how is it attained? Biblical peace is defined as “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is” (Thayer).
So, our quest for peace is really a desire to be safe with our God. It is a state of contentment that only comes from knowing how we stand with our God. This week's passage teaches the only true pathway to peace and contentment is through Christ. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
1. Do you feel at peace with God?
2. What parts of your life still lack peace – family, friendships, work, school, etc.?
3. What times of difficulty in your life have actually helped you seek peace with God?
“But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.“ (Psalm 37:11-ESV)