What is your definition of peace? Readers of the Bible notice that peace is a comfort in the midst of raging turmoil: at a banquet with one’s enemies drawing their weapons; a still small voice in the midst of a storm; manna and some water in the desert; a house on a highway used by two marauding super powers. On we could go…
I’d like to have peace as something without threat of pain. Not the biblical definition so it seems.
5 responses to “Christian peace”
God’s peace is truly beyond understanding. If I had a choice, I would like to have peace with no threat of pain or suffereing as well. However, since I do not have a choice, I find great solace in know that God is in control. Reminding myself that He is always with me, nothing is ever a surprise to Him, and His grace and mercy can sustain and strengthen me, brings me peace.
How about peace as simply the absence of enmity or war . Whether it be between man and man or God and man.
Who said peace is not the absence of pain but the presence of God?
And what magic trick would it be if we felt peaceful when there is no pain and conflict? The ultimate magic? Peace in the MIDST of pain and conflict. Now that is Supernatural.
Consider it pure joy…
Amen! Well said, Grace: Peace in the MIDST of pain and conflict. Now that is Supernatural.
Psalm 34 states: “God is near the brokenhearted & saves those who are crushed in spirit”. I have always found this criteria for being secure in God’s love to be interesting.
At the same time, I am not interested in peace for my heart when life is good. I am more interested in sucking all the joy out of that experience with little regard for spiritual disciplines of “….drawing near to God”