l The following post is based on our “Why Jesus? series” across C3 Sydney’s 11 Locations l
|“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” - Romans 5:1 (NKJV)|
Jesus the Peacemaker
As Paul states in this verse we have obtained peace as a result of the work of Christ and are now reconciled to the Father. We now look forward with hope to return of Christ and the unfolding of the Father’s glorious plan of redemption. We are not anxious of His judgement for in Christ we now have peace with the Father (Ephesians 2:13-14).
Peace is a state of mind of serenity and tranquillity. Jesus is the only one who can bring peace and free us from our chaotic minds. The enemy can’t do it.
Peace is something provided for us, our work is not to earn this peace deal, but to receive it by faith. Without faith we will remain uncertain and therefore not in peace but through faith we take hold of His peace. We must learn to trust in Christ alone, He is our peacemaker.
Walking with the Holy Spirit
We receive this peace at the moment of salvation and it is also available to us through a life walking with the Holy Spirit. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Peace is God’s signature (“My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” John 14:27) and it enhances our mental, physical and emotional health. Shalom is the original word used for peace in the Bible. Shalom is a Hebrew word that means wholeness and completeness, peace in every area of our life.
To continue to receive peace it’s important to live an ongoing life of repentance, where we confess our sins, turn back and forsake any sinfulness.
Being Peacemakers – Hebrews 12:14 (“Pursue peace with all people …”)
Through Christ we are able to apply his sacrificial love that has reconciled us to God, to the relationships around us. As we remember we are all created to be one in Christ, we can reach out and bring peace, removing the walls of hostility between others and us (Mark 12:30). This is the purpose of the Cross, so that God’s creation can love God and love one another.
God offered us peace, which we received by faith; we now work to offer peace to others. We seek and offer forgiveness. We bring mercy and remove judgement. We turn the other cheek (Romans 12:17-21).
Stop Worrying and Fussing
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:6-7 NKJV)
Worry robs us of our peace. Prayer and praise activate peace. The presence of peace is awareness that Christ is with us.
A works-based life will also rob us of peace. In Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV) we see the story of sisters Martha and Mary, friends of Jesus. Jesus often stayed at their place in Bethany and in this story he unexpectedly arrives with a bunch of followers. Martha gets busy preparing a meal for the group while Mary simply sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha gets mad at both Mary and Jesus. She’s lost all sense of her peace through her rushing around and worrying. Jesus tells Martha to stop worrying and to follow Mary’s example of resting in the flow of the presence of the Lord.
Get into the habit of continually casting all worries and anxiety upon Jesus, as He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and wants us to rest in His presence because He’s told us His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
Something to talk about:
- Share a recent time when you experienced the Lord’s presence in filling you with peace.
- Discuss how you can live a lifestyle of walking in the flow of the Holy Spirit to experience the fullness of ‘shalom’
- Use this opportunity to pray with any member(s) of your group who is presently experiencing a burden or struggling with anxiety.