by Rose Noland
There’s a woman in the oncology office with her frail child—scarfed. She looks tired but has an uncanny look of serenity on her face. How does she do it? How does anyone do it in this world filled with so much strife, financial crisis, and cancer?
They can because God’s peace is different than what most of us think it is—the absence of conflict and turmoil.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27 NIV
The original words used in Scripture will help us to comprehend God’s type of serenity. Both the Greek and Hebrew words used for peace convey the idea of wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures. [i]
Our Lord wants us to be whole, complete, and tranquil despite the crazy world around us.
…May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV
To get this kind of peace—the peace of God—we must first be at peace with God. Unless we are in a right relationship with Him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we are in conflict with our Holy God (Romans 5:1). Once justified (made right) we can have this peace “which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
I want this kind of peace! I’m sure you do to. But how?
It is a by-product of abiding in the Prince of Peace. It is supernatural. We cannot achieve it on our own. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit as we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22). We not only need the power of Christ to save us from our sins, but to sanctify us—to make us like Jesus so we can also act like Jesus.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV
You see, our goal really shouldn’t be to get peace, but to obey the Prince of Peace. It’ll be a natural (really supernatural) outcome of remaining in a right relationship with God through obedience. If you seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first, then all things—including amazing peace—will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this [a new heaven and a new earth], make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
2 Peter 3:14 NIV
Dear Jesus, we want Your kind of peace. The kind that is incomprehensible and baffling to the world around us. Teach us how to be and remain at peace with You, so You can shine through us in this dark world of chaos.
You are the Source
You made the Way
You are the Prince of Peace
You are our peace!
Rose Noland is passionate about helping women experience the full riches of Christ. Despite losing her husband and soulmate of 30 years, Rose is living a joyous, rich life in her Savior. She loves to use her gift of gab to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ through teaching, speaking, writing, blogging—any way and anywhere God leads. Rose is also the author of two books and founder of He’s So Worth It Ministries.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica. All rights reserved worldwide.
[i] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit of the Holy Spirit,19, Oct. 2013.
Linda W Perkins says
Beautifully written, Rose. Peace, love and joy to you this Christmas season.
Rose this was brilliantly yet beautifully explained. Excellent job explaining what Biblical peace is and how to experience it!
rose noland says
Thank you so much for your kind words! I often doubt that my writing is any good.
Jill Escalante says
Thank you Rose for helping me and encouraging me to find true peace in my one and only Prince Of Peace!!Your blogs are a real blessing to me.
So very wonderfully written. I’m praising God today for peace that surpasses understanding and the beautiful gift of peace that indwells within my heart and gives me rest, hope, and you!
rose noland says
Thank you, Jodie!
Tiffenie Blair says
This was written so perfectly and understandable! This last month has been one of trials but because of the Holy spirit and my faith in Christ I have been at such peace that in the past would not have exsited. Amen and thank you for this post!
rose noland says
Isn’t HE amazing?!
I praise His name for saving me and so many others. I think this type of peace is a foretaste of heaven!
Carol Anne Wiseman-Mulvey says
Enjoyed reading your article. Hope all is well….Carolanne
As usual Rose you can share God’s word for me at just the right time. May God bless you and your ministry.
rose noland says
God knows all. I am glad I was of some use in His precious hands.
Julie K. McComas says
Wonderful article, Rose! Many years ago, we had a friend going through every type of cancer possible it seemed. She had peace! She was amazing! The very night I received the diagnosis of breast cancer, I told my husband that I want to go through this battle like Peggy did. I don’t know if I handled things with as much faith and peace that she did, but I tried my hardest. We lost Peggy, but I think of her and her peace often. I just wish everyone could have met that wonderful lady! Thank you for this reminder of her today.
Marvin Patrick says
Well said, my friend. There’s nothing like His peace.