Let me start by saying Peace is NOT for the faint-hearted. Clear your heart and mind of all the images and feelings that the word Peace conjures up so that we can start fresh.
Before He was crucified, Jesus comforted His disciples and promised the Holy Spirit. He said,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Give some thought to all that He went through, to get to this point. Think on all that He went through in order to make the way for the Holy Spirit.
Peace is Determination.
Peace is Covenant.
Peace is the dramatic opposite of Fear.
Peace is a Holy Fight against every thought and words that wages war against you.
Peace is Righteousness and Righteousness is a commitment to human connection.
Peace is knowing your Identity.
Peace is Strategy.
Peace is not being moved by circumstance.
Peace is Confession.
Peace is Active.
Peace is not Intuitive.
Peace is a Pursuit.
The Psalmist says,
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
When someone wants to be pursued or is being pursued the end goal is for that person to be known well. The Lord and his Peace want to be known well by you! Pursue Him!
A couple of questions to ponder:
- How do I define Peace? How has reading this challenged my definition?
- What is my greatest pursuit? Does it lead me toward Peace?
- What are the areas or behaviors that steal my sense of Peace most readily?
- What are some small adjustments that I can make in order to maintain and pursue Peace?
Peace is to be fought for. Will you Pursue Peace?