Over the last two days, we have seen that peace with God is both possible and available.
To not be at war with God is a good thing.
But does peace extend beyond having a truce with God?
Could there be more?
Let’s open God’s Word and see:
The Apostle Paul, in writing to the church in Galatia, builds on the truth of peace with God, and goes on to say that we can also have the peace of God inside us.
This peace of God refers to an inner harmony and tranquility with God. Imagine a photograph of two people that had been torn in two because of a disagreement between the two people. That’s our sin that separates us from God. Then imagine the relationship stored, and two halves of that picture lovingly and carefully put back together, so that you cannot tell the two parts of the picture were ever apart. That’s God’s reconciliation of us through Jesus.
The really good news is that the peace of God inside us comes as a package deal.
Not only does God give us His peace, but also His love and joy. And as those three characteristics of God manifest themselves in our lives, we are able to extend those same character qualities of patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to ourselves and our neighbors.
We see these examples in the Advent story, the life of Jesus. All these character attributes working together for God’s glory and the good of others.
And He offers to give us the same.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,