Ironically, “peace” is a confusing concept Biblically.
The definition of peace clarifies, citing that peace is:
- A sense of welfare
- Being undisturbed
When Jesus works, donning a sword, He disturbs our wrong perspectives. He exposes the incomplete pieces of our lives as we try to piece it all together for ourselves.
Peace, on our terms, is all about effort. Striving to maintain welfare, fighting to be undisturbed, and clinging to pieces we want to fit together.
Peace, on our terms, is anything but peaceful.
That’s the kind of peace Jesus didn’t bring.
The kind He did?
When we turn to Jesus as our source of peace, He establishes us without the peace-depleting, stressful effort on our part.
Our welfare is secure as we find our refuge and strength in Him. In Christ, nothing can disturb the connection with God He guarantees. We are in progress, yet simultaneously complete because He is working in us and promises to bring us to completion ultimately.
With Jesus, there is no lack, disturbance, or threat we need fear. We can be at peace because of who He is and whose we are.
Christ’s peace is so much more peaceful than peace on our terms!
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