When I was a little girl, I chose to sing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” for a music class assignment. It brought me great delight to see people at peace with one another, and I would often be compelled to step in to convince one party to be at peace with the other.
Over the years I’ve realized what true peace is, and what it looks like to be a peacemaker.Romans 5:1 says, ". . . since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." True peace comes with being reconciled to God. Peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ is the starting point.
A peacemaker, then, is someone who seeks to reconcile others to God. In 2 Cor. 5:20 we read, " . . . we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
See, sin has made a separation between us and God (Is.59:2). Before a holy and righteous God, we are guilty as charged (Romans 3:23), and we deserve eternal separation from Him. Romans 2:5 says, " . . . because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed." The only solution for this separation and God's righteous judgement is Jesus, the holy and spotless Lamb of God. God, in His mercy and grace, sent Jesus as an atonement for our sins to reconile us to Him. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus stepped in and paid our price. By His atonement for our sins, He made peace with God attainable for all who put their trust in Him.
We show that we are children of God who imitate their Father by being ambassadors of peace who seek to share the Good News of reconciliation with God through the Prince of Peace. Then we can truly rejoice, as we see people have peace with God and the peace of God, because it does not begin with me or you or nations and people calling a truce. True peace is found only in Jesus.
If you don’t know peace with God, seek to be reconciled to Him. If you are a believer and struggle with not having peace, ask yourself if anxiety or continued sin is the problem. Give it to God and trust Him to give you His abounding peace to guard your mind and heart in Christ Jesus.