“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
The Bible speaks of three separate, though related, types of peace. First, believers experience peace with God at salvation. No longer must they fear death or its consequences; they rest secure in God’s love through Christ. Second, believers experience personal peace with God. In Philippians, we read of the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7). Finally, we can enjoy peace with one another.
“. . . Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thessalonians 5:13).
All three kinds of peace relate to one another and work off of each other. When we place faith in Christ, the wall of enmity between God and us dissolves (Ephesians 2:14-17). Knowing we have peace with God, we rejoice in our hearts and experience personal peace. Recognizing our peace with God and empowered through personal peace, we then strive for peace with one another.
This rich, multi-faceted peace can lead to a joyful home experience. Most wars stem from evil desires originating from the heart (James 4:1). Our private wars often follow suit. But a peaceful heart can lead to a peaceful environment if all parties approach family life from the same perspective. To be sure, problems will persist and we cannot undo a sin cursed world. But God will provide His grace to properly navigate the difficulties of life.
1. Strive for peace, but not at the expense of truth.
Since God is the author of both peace and truth, they are not mutually exclusive. Truth seekers should also seek peace, just as peacemakers should value truth. Paul provided a solution that encourages peacemaking and truth seeking:
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
Sometimes problems need to be addressed one by one, and over a period of time. Each member needs to demonstrate patience, which is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
2. Learn helpful skills that promote healthy communication.
Love consists of both content and tone. A good place to begin is Ephesians 4:15-32. Above all, we need to seek God daily in our family living. As we do, He will meet every need, and provide grace for every challenge.
Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017
by Diane Hultgren