Traits Of Peace
Ephesians 2:14-17 (NIV)
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,
16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
How wonderful it is that God sent us His Peacemaker, that whosoever shall believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life! Many people might have come face to face with the difficulty of understanding what exactly is the kind of peace that God brought us when He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. Even though I may be no expert in theology, I think it would be wise to first grasp the characteristics of this Peace that Jesus brought us. In the Scripture passage we read earlier, a large portion of it talks about how Jesus, being our Prince of Peace, carried out the act of bringing together, or more specifically, the act of reconciliation. Thus, that brings me to the first trait of peace: It Reconciles.
Peace reconciles, it unites us with the Father. The most important thing that we as Christians should be aware of is the fact that this peace has already been given to us the moment Jesus took the Cross, died and rose again. We have to be confident in the knowledge that in everything we do and everything that we face, we are able and in fact, we are supposed to tap upon God’s peace to see us through the various storms of our life and to rejoice in the victories He gives to us. Remember, God’s peace excludes no one so don’t ever let anyone or any voice in your head tell you otherwise.
Secondly, Peace tears down walls. Even though the verses in Ephesians 2 talk more about the tearing down of walls between the Jews and the Gentiles, what I am trying to say is that where peace exists, fear and worries cannot. Peace tears down the walls of fears, worries and doubts and in place of them, establishes an intimate connection between you and God where you are able to find true rest and security. Peace makes us one with Christ, and that can be found in Romans 6:5 (NLV) as well, it says “If we have become one with Christ in His death, we will be one with Him in being raised from the dead to new life.”
Lastly, of course, Peace is not affected by distance or depth, because it says in Ephesians 2:7 that Jesus came and preached to those who were far and to those who were near. As long as you are a believer of Christ, this Peace is available to you. Sometimes, we feel as though we might have done too many wrong and sinful things that make us seem so distant from God, almost making it feel like He has abandoned us. But here’s the good news: God is not going anywhere, He never will. The only thing hindering us from reaching out to God is ourselves. My friends, remember that God meets you where you are at, all He requires is that you trust Him and trust that what He’s doing or asking you to do is the best thing for you. As long as you are willing, His joy and peace will be sure to follow you wherever you go. With all that said, it’s time to start reaching out and receiving what has already been given to you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that in the midst of all the busyness of our lives, You are right there in the middle of it with us. Lord, I pray that You will always be the One to remind me that regardless of my circumstances, I can always look to You and know that You are near, that You will be the One to give me the Peace to walk through the valleys of life unscathed and even more so, victorious. Thank You for the Prince of Peace you sent to us so that we could be reconciled with You and be gifted this amazing gift of an everlasting place in Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.