Advent :: Peace
Peace… a fickle word that often is easier to say than it is to actually have. In our culture, the word “peace” is used as a way to say goodbye. Peace is often talked about in superficial terms. Yet, for most of us, peace seems elusive. If you’re at peace right now, I commend you. Awesome! I’m encouraged by that. But if you’re struggling in this moment with feeling at peace, maybe this blog can help you a little. If you find anything helpful, I ask that you share a little bit of your struggle to find peace with someone else. Our stories are powerful.
Personally, I’m finding peace hard to have in my life right now. I’ve struggled with mental instability my whole life, and it seems to be worse right now. My mental problems cause my whole mind to be full of chaos. The noise in my head is deafening at times. Also, the holiday season is always a little more stressful. In a season where we are called to worship the Prince of Peace, our culture often seems to make this season one of stress: family drama, presents to get, parties to attend, pressures to be put together, etc. All of it is hard. Maybe something there resonates a little with you.
So, what do we do? Well, peace sometimes has to be actively sought after. The Bible teaches that lasting peace can only be found in God. Yet, we can easily succumb to the chaos of the world around us. This can cause us to passively seek peace in things outside of God. I’ve tried to find peace outside of God many times, and it just doesn’t work. Where have you tried to find peace? In material possessions? Read Ecclesiastes 4:8. People try many things (drugs, alcohol, sex, money, etc.) to find peace. Yet, there is only one source of true peace: God. And if you’re a believer, peace is a divine birthright that we get to enjoy in relationship with God and his sent people (the Church). Regardless of your circumstance, peace is available in God (Romans 15:13).
On a personal note, These verses have been important during my time of struggle. Read them and allow the peace of Christ to flood your heart.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b]boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
That’s it. God loves you. The GRASSROOTS family loves you. You’re valuable and important. Your circumstances don’t define you. God defines you. You can have peace today.