“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11). The passage is telling us to live in peace as brethren within the church, but note it states that God is the God of love and peace. If God is the God of love and peace, why is there so much turmoil and war in the world today. Obviously, the reason is that most of the world does not serve God or even acknowledge His supremacy so in their godless ways they find hatred and war and turmoil instead of the peace that is of God.
God brings peace to Christians in two distinct ways. First of all, and this has nothing to do with political peace or war, He brings peace to the soul in a way that is difficult to understand by us mere humans but is nonetheless evident when it is found in our lives. Philippians 4:7 says:”And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The context here means that this peace is found through an attitude of thanksgiving toward God. This is one way we may find peace is through constant prayer to God and a thankful attitude in all things.
Another way is found in Romans 8:6: “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” To set the mind on the Spirit we must read and study the scriptures often and keep these things of God on our minds while practicing them in our lives.This is what brings peace. Being at peace with God fills us with a sense of peace that no man can touch or overthrow in us. By doing His commandments we find that inexplicable peace that surpasses all understanding.
The second way God brings peace is with our fellow-man. If we want only what is best for ourselves and to the same extent, our fellow-man we cannot but pursue peace (Psalms 34:14) and this must be done with love in our hearts. Still, we must not compromise the truth in an attempt to bring peace for this is not only a false peace but we are told to “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3). We must stand up for and defend the gospel even at the expense of peace with others.
So, we must not compromise the truth, but beyond that Romans 12:17,18 says: “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” If someone does us wrong we are to turn the other cheek and repay his evil with good. The best way to make peace with all men is by doing good and even repaying evil with good. In spiritual matters we must stand for the truth as it is plainly presented in the scriptures and turn to God for the peace that comes only by doing right.
It is peace with God that will ultimately bring the most joy in our life. Human beings are full of conflict, but when we know we are doing what is right in the sight of God we can have true peace that rules in our hearts and minds (Colossians 3:15). And how do we do this? Look to the next verse and let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. If we do this it will go a long way toward resolving conflicts that may arise in the world or even between brethren. If we do this we can learn to be like Jesus and pursue the things that make peace and find the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. When others would war with us, yet we have peace.
May God bless and keep you until next time.