The Face and Heart of Peace
When Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Sermon on the Mount, He called His followers to the high ground of peace. I call this high ground because peace is not always the preferred ground, but it is always the holy ground. The peace living in us is from God, and it, like the other manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit, is regarded as another identifier of the people of God.
The challenge of peace is often our stubborn wills, egos and pride. To the world, the position of peace is seen as weak, however in the face of anger and hostility, peace is much stronger. Anyone can lose their cool and express their anger, but it takes great fortified spiritual strength to walk the way of peace in the presence of hostility.
One of the most beautiful demonstrations of this peace was the actions of Jesus, beginning in the garden, all the way to the cross. In every moment, he powerfully displayed a peace beyond all normal human understanding.
The apostle Paul further clarifies our walk, when he wrote these words (Romans 12:18), ”If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Understanding peace is not always possible within the other person, he says, “as far as it depends on you,” live at peace with everyone.
This week, seek peace. Speak peace. Establish peace. Allow peace to live in your heart and be in peace.
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