Adapted from Andy Farmer’s Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find It.
That peace is hard to find shouldn’t be a surprise. Peace is the elusive human goal. We want peace. Really, we need peace, because we’re alienated from the one source of true peace in the cosmos—our creator God. And peace has come through the intervention of God in his own self-sacrifice—a divine atonement—that resolves the enmity between us and God. What does it mean for me, and for you?
We all have a story. What I hope you see is that all of our stories ultimately lead to the question of whether we know the Prince of Peace. That is the key to every human story. Religious people, irreligious people, spiritual or secular, we all need peace with God. When we have peace with God, it changes our lives. Here are five ways how:
Peace with God . . .
- . . . gives us ENDURING CONFIDENCE that things are the way they are meant to be between us and God.
- . . . gives us an ACCESS TO GOD by the Spirit that enables us to experience true peace in every trial of life.
- . . . has given us a PERMANENT PLACE in his community of peace that will shape the way we do life in a strife-filled world.
- . . . CREATES A PASSION in our hearts for his mission of peace among people who are still at war with him.
- . . . provides ENDURING HOPE that the peace we experience in part now will be all we know in eternity.