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“. . . making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” -Colossians 1:20
Jesus was and is the new blood covenant of peace. This truth was foretold to the prophet Isaiah in 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given . . . and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Verse 7 goes on to say that there is no end to His peace.
Directly related to salvation through Jesus Christ, peace is a gift, freely given to us. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive Him and His peace.
In the Hebrew language, peace is translated as “shalom,” which means safety, completeness, prosperity, fulfillment, victory, success, health and blessing.
Encarta Dictionary defines peace as “ . . . the time when a war or conflict ends . . . a state of mental serenity, with no anxiety.”
Judges 2 has much to say about how choices of disobedience result in defeat, distress and destruction. Allthough God did not break His covenant with the Israelites, He did lift His hand of favor off of them when they disobeyed, allowing them to reap painful consequences.
Even so, our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He will restore peace in our lives when we cry out in repentance to Him. Even though He still performs instant miracles as He did in Biblical times, His restoration often involves a process over time.
Consider the story of Gideon, a mighty warrior, whom God called to restore peace by striking down Israel’s long-time oppressors, the Midianites (Judges 6:7-24). Gideon was the “least” in his family and had the weakest clan of men. Yet because God heard the Israelite’s cries and had purposed restoration for them, He placed His hand of favor, protection and victory upon Gideon to defeat Israel’s enemies. No way could Gideon restore peace by himself. Only with God could he complete his mission. And the mission involved a process of strategy and tactics. It took place over time. It was messy.
Likewise, only with God’s help can we walk uprightly and affect peace for those around us. Peace is a reward of His righteousness.
If there are areas in our lives where the Holy Spirit is prompting us to cry out to God in repentance and restoration of peace, may we trust that He awaits our cry, He will hear us and He will respond to us lovingly.
During these uncertain times, may we be led forth in peace, experiencing the fullness and joy of this great blessing that is given to us freely as saints in God’s Kingdom. And may we share this fruit of the Spirit—the peace that surpasses understanding—with those who are struggling or have yet to receive His truth and love.
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