Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Peace from God

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

My devotional reading this morning was in the book of Romans. I’ve seen it many times, and have even thought about it on many occasions. But again this morning, I was struck by Paul’s repeated phrase, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” I quickly looked through some of his other epistles and found the identical phrase in Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. 

There are few more comforting words than “peace from God.” If you are a Christ follower, you know exactly what I mean: “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” [Romans 5.1]. 

Peace with God comes from the realization that you have dealt with your sin problem as God prescribed — through Jesus Christ. Peace from God is different. Peace from God is the sense of living in the Shalom of God. 

I just returned from a trip to Israel, and everywhere we went, we were greeted on the streets by shop owners with, “Shalom! Shalom!” Shalom isn’t merely peace, it carries the idea of complete wholeness and well-being. 

Peace from God is the sense of living in an ongoing, covenant relationship, realizing that your present life and future is filled with His grace to you, having made peace with God through faith in Christ.

Keep that in mind today, and every day! Remember what He has done for you - Christ made peace with God possible through His work at Calvary - and what He has given you - wholeness and well-being - the Shalom of God.

He’s given you peace.

To all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1.7

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