Paul spoke of this peace when writing to the church at Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:4-7
This is not salvation of the soul but of the mind. When we are one with God in our thinking, affections, attitudes, actions and yes, even our anger, Gods peace will flood our souls. Therefore, the next time you are feeling anxious ask yourself “In what area of my life am I not one with God in my thinking?” Learning that Christ ushers peace into our lives will drastically reduce our angry feelings to only those feelings that God would have if he were in our shoes.
When the Lord Jesus appeared to his disciples collectively on Resurrection Day, the first words from his lips were “My peace be with you.” John 20:19. And in verse 21 he repeats the exact same expression with instructions “Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” Why did Jesus say the same thing twice? He was acknowledging that only through him could one obtain peace with God and only through him would divine peace be acquired to represent him in a practical way in the world. If the unsaved are going to be brought to Christ, then they must see Christ’s peace within our lives, and not uncontrolled anger. We must know him and abide with him alone for his presence, know his presence, experience his peace.
Do you know the presence and peace of Christ? Or does anger control your thoughts and steer you away from being at peace with your Creator?
by Kelsey McKay