WHERE CAN I FIND PEACE?

If I were to ask you, draw me a picture on what is peace for you? I’m sure most of you will have a picture in your head of a beach, calm waves crashing the shore, birds flying and kids building a sand castle in the side, for others it can be in your living room in from of a fire place nice soothing music playing while you sip your hot chocolate, or maybe for others doing yoga, massage, or as simple as having no war or death because of unresolved issues.

From this season of Christmas, we all experience back to back parties and get together’s. Not just this season, but in life in general, from a stressful day at work or school, heavy traffic, unfigured life plans, marital issues, unresolved and conflicting situations, we all strive to find peace, peace in mind, heart and within ourselves. Which leaves us begging with the question of “Where can I find peace?”

This weekend, I had a pleasure of listening to pastor Christian preach about peace. The true definition and what the Bible had to say about peace. While listening to the Pastor preach, I was reminded of my recent past of who I was before Christ in my life. Of how I spent money like a leaking faucet just to fill the part of my life where peace lacked. I went to countless beach trips, out of town trips, spent time with friends and did things which the world defines peace. Which was nothing wrong, apparently, for some strange reason that particular bucket remained empty despite those countless efforts.

We all know our heart, by default, has a vault where only God has the key, A space where only God can fill. And this space – yes! is where the peace of God lies. Believe me after all this years of trying to fill this space, I failed. Mainly because I failed to understand that unique design of how God created us to be.

This empty space was now getting filled every time I heard Gods word, seeked him and followed His will for me. The moment God came in to picture of my blurry life now started to make sense, the purpose became more clear and my life became more beautiful everyday. This started to reflect in my character, my beauty and my relationships with everyone.

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A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.

But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her young lings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.

The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.

So what does it mean to have the Peace of God? There are three points to consider:

1. Peace with God.

We have peace with God through Jesus. We were at war with Him. The Bible says that, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10)

Jesus came so that our relationship with God could be restored.

2. Peace of God.

The result of peace with God is the peace of God. Life is now lived before an audience of One. The Apostle Paul says that he lives to please only One – only his Savior Jesus.

We are told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. Peace with others.

Because we have peace with God which brings about the peace of God, it is now possible to be at peace with others. If we have been forgiven of our gravest of offense, we are now empowered by His grace to forgive others.

Romans 12:18 tells us to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

My Prayer for all of you reading this, just like God had turned my life for the best, I pray same for you. May you have the peace of God to know Him better, to restore relationships and most importantly to set you free.

Remember that Peace is not the absence of storms but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it.

Have a good week everyone 🙂

Radical

We all know what Radical means but lets put Radical in a new context like how the love of God defines Radical in a whole new sense.

Last Sunday, I heard a story that not only pierced my heart but also led me to think can I project this radical love to others?

The story goes something like this:
Tommy carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tommy sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tommy tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream.

Tommy ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom mysadly went home.

The next day, on the way home from school, Tommy spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see — sure enough — it was his!

Tommy hurried to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!”
“Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.”

Tommy ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. “Here’s the money for my boat.”

As he left the store, Tommy hugged his boat and said, “Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.”

Think about what Tommy said. It’s exactly what God is saying to you and to me.

Now you’re twice mine. First I made you and now I bought you.

God made us in His image and likeness. But it wasn’t He who broke the string. We deliberately, intentionally and rebelliously broke that string through Sin.But in spite of that, He was the One who pursued and made an all out search for us.We are twice His. First He made us, now He bought us… a price we couldn’t cough up.We owed a debt we couldn’t pay. And He paid a debt He didn’t owe.
Now. That my friends. That’s radical love.