“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Effects of Peace
(Please read Philippians 4:6-7)
When we accept Jesus’s legacy of peace, several things become better at once. Having been enemies of God, we are now “reconciled” to him (Romans 5:10-11). As our text says, we have a new guardian of our hearts and minds, “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension” (NASB). This is the peace that Matthew Henry, a long-ago commentator, described as “tranquility of mind arising from a sense of our own justification before God.”
And it is commensurate with this peace, and an essential part of it, that we “put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone” (Colossians 3:12-13). This adds up to living in peace with one another. Even Christians who seem antagonistic to one another can be at peace because Jesus made peace for them.
The world offers the peace of easy living, but Christ gives the peace of struggle. The harder one fights in the Christian life, the greater will be his satisfaction. The world offers the peace of self-contentment, but Christ’s peace is that of self-sacrifice. The world offers the peace of plenty, but Jesus taught that a man’s life doesn’t consist of the substance of things he owns.
It is beyond our ability to present more than a sketch of what our Lord has done for us as the great peacemaker. We can have no higher goal in life than to be recipients of the true peace which the Lord offers. It will see us through. Blessed be the name of the Lord!