The word peace seems to be thrown around very loosely these days. During the Vietnam era, the word and symbol were synonymous with bringing an end to a war. Our country was in turmoil then, and it is in turmoil now. We shout from the mountain tops that we want peace, but each person has their own idea or agenda about how they think that should happen.
Sadly, most of us believe that we need to do something to have peace. But this is contrary to what scripture teaches. And even if you aren’t a Bible reader, there is much to be learned from this lesson. So check out what Jesus says here in John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Did you hear that? Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid?
But we do. We allow our hearts to be troubled. We allow the world, the media and others opinions and rants to rob the exact thing that Jesus spoke of here.
You see, God never promised things in the world would be easy. As a matter of fact, Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble. But I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). If you’re not familiar with the Bible, Jesus died so that we can have peace that no matter how crappy things get in this world, that, at some point, in Gods time, He will make things right. When we let that sink in and believe it; that is engaging in peace. Sadly, most Christians don’t get this and are constantly worrying about what is going to happen. We should know better if we profess we believe, like really believe, not just with our words but with our entire being.
Disengage to Engage Peace
So how do we do this?
We are busy with our lives, the constant bad news around us and morality continues to decline. How can we engage in the peace of God when He has been removed from I have simple answer.
Turn off the news, unfollow the negative people on Facebook, and for goodness sakes, get yourself surrounded by people who will build you up and encourage you. Some Bible studies and churches I have been to have turned into complaining sessions instead of praising what God has already done. We need to engage in peace by DISENGAGING in negativity. No, we can’t ignore what is going on and that evil exists and there are powers that want to destroy us, however, the peace and promise of Jesus should override all of that in your mindset. Once you are able to do that, peace will permeate through you like a cool breeze. It takes some practice and discipline to turn down the volume on all that is around us, but if you desire the presence of God bad enough and want to feel His peace above all else, you will make a conscious effort to disengage.
The question is how much do we desire peace? Do we want it bad enough to disengage with negativity and strife? Something to think about.