“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
This is where all peace begins. Peace is a universal quality everyone longs for, yet it eludes so many. That’s because we cannot have peace within or with others until we first have peace with God.
Our search for peace begins at birth. As babies, we long for the comfort of our mother’s arms; as children, we want happy times, void of fear and punishment; and, as adults, we seek fulfillment through successful jobs, sports, hobbies, relationships, etc. While these pursuits may be desirable, they are only temporary. Lasting peace cannot be attained through our own efforts, but rather through Christ in us.
You may think you’re not hostile toward God, but sin separates you from Him and makes you His enemy. You may even be a church member, but have no peace. Until you are reconciled to God, you will never experience such serenity.
If you are not yet a child of God and long for this true peace, you must confess your sin, and accept Christ’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). The moment you ask Him to be your Savior, your heart will be flooded with “peace through His blood, shed on the cross” for you (Colossians 1:20). Though once far away, we have been brought near through His blood, “for He Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:13-14).
This tranquility is unique and tailored to our individual temperament and circumstances. For the moral or religious person, there may be a sense of relief that you no longer have to try to “earn” God’s favor. For those who have lived flagrantly sinful lives, there may be a deep, penetrating assurance that your sins are forgiven, that you have new life in Christ. Or, it can be a quiet sense of peace that your years of struggling with God are over.
Nevertheless, you will have peace with God and the peace of God—the inner witness of His Spirit—that you now belong to Christ and have eternal life. His grace and peace are multiplied “in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
God knows our tendencies to doubt, at times, whether His promises are true for us. Therefore, He assures us in Romans 8:16: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” When we have peace with God, we also have peace about eternity (John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13).
Having been “justified by His blood,” we are now reconciled to Him (Romans 5:9, 11). Our sin-debt has been settled—the enmity and alienation is gone forever!
Oh, the peace I find in Jesus,
Peace no power on earth can shake,
Peace that makes the Lord so precious,
Peace that none from me can take. –Beck