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James Grayston

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4 v 7 

One of the things that I enjoy most in this world is some peace and quiet. In a 24/7 world, it can something which is rarely experienced by many which is a shame. I’m a photographer and one of the things that really got me involved in landscape photography was the peace and quiet that it brings. I fairly regularly head out to a scenic coastal view or rugged terrain, compose my shot and simply take in the view and the quietness of nature. The Bible talks a lot about peace and I’ve been thinking a lot about peace recently in my personal reflections. So I thought I’d look at a few examples of when peace is mentioned in the Bible. 

Firstly, Salvation brings us peace with God. Colossians 1 v 19 – 22 says: 

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” 

The sin in our lives separate us from God, but when we place our trust in the finished work at Calvary, he restores us. He makes us new and we can know the peace of God through having our sins forgiven. Romans 5 v 1 says: 

“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God” 

God himself is referred to in scripture as the “God of Peace”. He restores peace, He creates peace, He gives peace and He preserves peace. Peace is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and it’s the assurance of God, His presence and His promises that we can rely on. At the start of the blog I quoted from Philippians Chapter 4 verse 7. In verse 6, God says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Through a close relationship with the Lord Jesus, we can take hold of this peace despite whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. 

The World that we live in today is often a turbulent place. We look around even our local community and we see pictures and video from around the world of countries which are consumed by war and violence. How can we find peace in circumstances such as this? 
Rely on the Lord Jesus and his promise of Salvation, and an eternity spent in Heaven with Him for those who have put their trust in him. I’d like to quote Romans 5 v 1 again: 

“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God”