Where is peace to be found? What I’m about to tell you, you’ve probably never heard before. It can change your life forever. Are you ready? Nowhere in the Bible is peace sought as the “end goal” of existence. I repeat: peace is not the end goal!
In the Bible, peace is a consequence, not the goal; it’s the result, not the reason. Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Peace is the fruit of the Spirit, not the Spirit itself. Peace is a by-product of the Spirit of God in you.
Peace is the fruit of reconciliation, the rightness of heart, which comes through forgiveness.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7).
Peace is the fruit of responsibility—of facing life, not fleeing from it. Peace is not detachment from risk and responsibility. The Bible is not a book for people sitting on the sidelines of life watching the world go by. There are giants to fight! There are battles to win! Jesus said, “take up your cross and follow Me.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 NIV).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
A cross is a burden to bear. It’s a mission to accomplish. Every person reading this has a divine assignment. And there are going to be risks and responsibilities in making that assignment happen. It’s not designed to keep you placid and uncommitted. Christianity is peace in conflict, peace in the storm, peace!
Forgiveness, responsibility, and wisdom are all freely given through the Holy Spirit to those who seek after God. James says, “you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (1:5 NIV). We serve a generous God. Need wisdom? Ask God to guide you through the Holy Spirit at work in your life. Need forgiveness? Repent of your sins, ask for forgiveness and receive it. Want purpose? Ask God for the strength and tenacity to face your responsibilities head-on, to bear your cross, and to walk out your divine assignment. With wisdom, God will give you peace. With responsibility, God will give you peace. With forgiveness, God will give you peace.
True peace will come when you stop searching for peace as the end goal, and instead start seeking God. Start taking responsibility for your life; start asking forgiveness for your sins and follow Him.
Lord Jesus, I receive Your peace, which You freely give to me as a by-product of Your Spirit in my life. Thank You for forgiveness. Thank You for wisdom. Thank You for my divine assignment.
Amen and amen.