if you read my previous post or not, you will most likely agree that we are all desiring peace.
Do you have peace, my friend?
With yourself and your life and everyone?
And if you do, how did you get it or find it?
I believe there are many false routes to peace being promoted out there, especially in false religions such as buddhism, which claims that peace comes from within.
They advise that you start meditating and becoming still and then you will be at peace.
Me, I don’t believe so.
And the buddhists I have seen are not at peace in my opinion.
What I see about them is that they are deceived.
Luckily, that is not for me to say or not my job to judge them – neither today, nor on judgement day, JESUS will do that! – but what I can do is share some of what I believe happens when we are looking for GOD’s peace and how we can find it.
The way we can receive GOD’s peace is to give our lives to HIM.
And this is also the way HE made sure we can have HIS PEACE, peace from the devil and his wiles, peace from sin, peace from condemnation, peace from hell in an eternal sense, but also peace in this life, the PEACE that surpasses all understanding, peace in the middle of the storm.
GOD gave HIS life for our peace.
And not only when we give our lives to HIM, but also when we give in general, we can receive peace in return.
This is a heavenly principle, at least do I believe it is.
And the bible also talks about it in different ways and from different perspectives.
One scripture I find significant is
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
How can we make peace and what does this mean?
Who and what is a peacemaker to you my friend?
For me, a peacemaker is someone who will end a conflict.
Either one they are involved in or one they are observing.
And they will bring forth a compromise, a way how the involved parties can end their dispute, can stop fighting.
This is in my understanding and experience only possible by giving.
Giving up a position.
Giving the other person / party an apology.
Giving up territory or rights in favor or to the benefit of the other person.
Stopping or giving up calling someone something they are offended by.
Without anyone giving anything, the conflict will never end and will most likely even escalate.
This is how peace is made.
PEACE is made by giving.
This is how GOD made our peace.
And this is how we can make peace – for ourselves and for others.
And this is also what GOD expects of us.
When HE tells us to pray for our enemies and turn the other cheek.
And this is what we can do when we are not at peace in a situation or with a person.
Although we have given our lives to HIM, we will most likely not be at peace at all times.
Look at the disciples for instance, even though they had the privilege to be with GOD in the flesh, with OUR LORD JESUS, 24/7, at all times, they, too experienced fear and turmoil, for example when they were in the boat and a storm came and they thought they would perish although JESUS was with them.
Until HE calmed the storm.
And this is what happens today in our lives – very often.
We are in a storm and although we know GOD is with us and we are HIS disciples, we think we will perish – until HE calms the storm.
Until we remember we need to give the situation to HIM.
Until we can submit to HIM, surrender to HIS will.
Until we can do what HE said to us.
And then, peace comes.
Peace comes by giving.
By giving to another person.
By giving to GOD.
By giving UP and to HIM what we hold on to and what makes us stay in our storm.
This is where I can sort of agree with the false teachings which tell us to become still and understand that things happen and we are not in control.
But what they are trying to lure us into believing is that this is an act of us gaining control, which is not the case.
They are missing the point and not understanding that GOD is in control and that giving it to HIM, whatever it is, will bring us peace – no matter what GOD will do with it.
Because HE said so.
HIS PEACE is HIS promise and HIS gift to us.
Let’s come back to the man who committed adultery and ran into the arms of another woman, because he didn’t feel at peace with his wife.
Did that bring him peace?
Not at all.
It brought him more turmoil.
And it destroyed his peace further.
Not only that, it also destroyed the peace of the other woman and of his wife and children even more.
Had he given the situation to GOD, had he prayed for a solution, for peace, for wisdom, for healing, GOD would have helped him.
GOD would have done something to improve the situation.
Even if he had given up his position towards his wife would have most likely helped solve the conflict between them.
If he had given in and put her needs above his own, regardless of if he believes he is right or not.
If he had given himself over to the will of GOD, which is to honor his covenant with his wife and to love her and to be true to what he promised her in GOD’s presence, GOD would have stepped in and HE would have made peace between them.
Or when we have an argument with a friend and we are right.
Does it help us and bring us peace when we are right and lose our friend?
Well, in some cases it might.
If this friend is living in sin for instance, and we challenge them and remind them of what GOD wants for them and expects of them.
Then, we might get into an argument with them and they may defend their position and may want to hold on to their sinful ways and might become angry or offended at us.
In that case, we might have to choose between being true to our friend and give in or being true to GOD and lovingly stay in our position, but distance ourselves from this friend – which will let us keep our peace with GOD. In the long run, our friend will either come back to GOD and to us or they will stay in sin, in which case we will not have found peace with them anyhow.
But in other cases, we might only be able to gain peace with this friend if we apologize although we are right.
This is hard to do, but what else are the options?
If our friend is angry and blind-folded and cannot understand that they are wrong and are willing to walk away and stay angry forever if we don’t apologize, what can we do?
What can we do if we are the only one able to apologize in this situation?
Must we not give up our “right” or being right for the sake of the love we have for our friend?
And then, peace will come!
Make no mistake about it, our friend knows that we are right – they will be grateful if we are strong enough to apologize and they will do the same for us next time.
Peace will reign again in our friendship – deeper and more stable than before!
Peace comes by giving.
What do you think, my friend?
Do you agree?
Or have you found out something different?
We would love to hear from you in the comments.
And if you are reading this and have not yet found the peace of CHRIST, you can do so by giving your life to HIM. Don’t wait any longer, my friend.
JESUS CHRIST came to earth as the SON OF GOD to save us all from the devil. And HIS works are still relevant today, HE is as alive today as he was more than 2000 years ago. And if you are not saved, HE wants to save you today, right here and right now: please don’t stay under the power of the king of darkness, please join us and give your life to THE LORD.
Here is an example of what you can pray in your heart right now, if you want to make JESUS LORD over your life:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge and confess that I have not lived my life for YOU to this day, but have been living for myself and in sin and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need YOU in my life; I want YOU in my life.
I recognize the completed work of YOUR only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST in giving HIS life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart JESUS is LORD and that HE was raised from the dead and ask for YOUR forgiveness, which YOU have made freely available to me through this sacrifice.
Come into my life now, LORD!
Take up residence in my heart and be my KING, my LORD, and my SAVIOUR!
From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow YOU all the days of my life. Those days are in YOUR hands.
I ask this Jesus name.
If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now part of GOD’s kingdom and family and I heartily welcome you, my dear brother or sister!
The next thing to do is get a bible and find a church where you can receive further instructions, so that your new life in THE LORD may prosper and that you will become who HE made you to be.
GOD bless you and if you have any questions or need any assistance, please get in touch.
I hope and pray that this will inspire, heal, bless and encourage you.
And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you PEACE. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.