Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Where Can We Find Peace?

By Edd Sterchi

    It seems this day and age there are not very many who are at peace. Nations are in dispute, families are in disarray, and people are dissatisfied. We rush about trying to bring peace and order to our lives, but to no avail. When we find a moment of peace, it seems to fly away before we really have a chance to enjoy it.
    Where can we find peace for our troubled lives? Maybe we’re looking in the wrong places. The world and its pleasures will never bring true peace. The Bible reveals to us where we can find true and lasting peace.
    We Can Find Peace in Faith. If we have true faith in God and His word, nothing should be able to bring turmoil to our souls. Our faith can carry us through difficult circumstances that would bring unrest to others. Yes, peace is found in faith: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace...” (Rom. 5:1).
    We Can Find Peace in Function. Having a purpose for life and using it to serve others in the Lord’s name brings great satisfaction – and satisfaction brings peace along as a companion. “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (Jas. 3:18). And may I add they reap peace, as well.
    We Can Find Peace in Forgiveness. Many do not have peace in their lives because they carry grudges and burdens. When we are unwilling to forgive others, we will never be at peace – with them or with ourselves. When we dwell in sin, our lives are in constant tumult. But when we are forgiven and forgive others, peace reigns and life is great. “...even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do...And let the peace of God rule in your hearts...” (Col.3:13-15).
    The bottom line is that we can find peace in Jesus Christ. In Jesus we get forgiveness. In Jesus we find true function for our lives. In Jesus we can obtain a faith that will never let us down. In Jesus we can have peace “at all times” and “in every way” (2 Thess. 3:16, ESV).
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.broadwaychurchofchrist.net/

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