What’s Your Idea of Peace

Is it a well-paying job? A beautiful home filled with beautiful things? A family that loves you? All these things are incredible blessings, but it doesn’t mean they bring us true peace. What happens when a job is lost? When possessions are broken? When a family fights? The sad reality is that nothing in this world brings us lasting peace, because everything in this world is corrupted by one thing: sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

Sin infects the world, it infects me and it infects you. It is impossible to have true peace, because our sin makes it impossible for us to have peace with God.

But God doesn’t want us to live this way. He wants us to live in peace with him and he wants us to live in peace forever. That’s why Jesus came to win us true peace.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Peace is knowing that our God’s love for us is so great that he was willing to become one of us and die for us . It’s knowing that no challenges in this life can take that incredible love away from us. Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead, and so we get to enjoy his victory over death too. Not even death can end our peace!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

The peace Jesus won for us can’t be found anywhere else, because nobody else offers peace so powerful, so complete, and so free. Enjoy the peace that’s yours. Enjoy it and get to know it better!

– Pastor Phil Koelpin