Keeping God’s Peace Always

Psalm 85:10 says “Loving kindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”

This verse is talking about God coming to earth as a man in the person of Jesus. When He came to the earth He was the exact representation of God’s nature, and continues as such. In Him loving kindness, which is the Old Testament word for “Grace”, and truth are perfectly joined together. When the verse says “Righteousness and peace have kissed each other,” it means that righteousness and peace are intimately connected. They are not the same thing, but they accompany one another. They were intimately joined together in Jesus Christ.

All of that means that when we know who we are in Christ and when we know where we stand with Him, we will have His peace. We’ll live in peace with people because we aren’t constantly scrambling to meet their standards to gain their approval. The same is true in our relationship with God. We won’t live in fear of God thinking that He’s holding our failures against us. We stand on level ground knowing we are approved and accepted because of Jesus’ finished work.

Peace - Photo of peaceful sceneHis peace is different than any temporary peace the world can give.

The world tells us to have peace in our jobs and our possessions, but those things don’t last. Christ’s peace lasts, and lasts forever. It’s a peace that passes our understanding. It guards our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). What is it guarding us from? Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of not being enough. The peace of Christ lets us face any situation knowing that the God who made the universe loves and approves of us, and takes pleasure in our prosperity.

If we lose our jobs, if our car is stolen, or whatever else happens, we won’t fall to pieces, because our peace isn’t in this world. It’s in an unchanging God! It’s in knowing that He is watching over us and making a way for us even when we can’t see it.

So, the next time you feel like your world is falling apart and you can’t see how it’s going to get put back together, remember that God is on your side and that Jesus is your peace. When you trust Him and stand on His word, He’ll bring you through.

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