with you" is a phrase often used by believers to bid farewell. I,
too, often use this phrase, and I believe that it is not just an empty
cliché. The phrase expresses my blessing and intercession for a person,
and the feeling of being one in the Lord gives me spiritual joy. Many
times I am tempted to say "peace" as I bid farewell to my
non-believing friends, but I swallow it back, thinking that they might not
understand its implication. I hope that one day they, too, can draw near
to the Lord and experience the true meaning of peace.
What Is the Peace of Christ?
To most people, peace
means having good health, financial stability, and success in their
career. However, life has twists and turnsyou may encounter an accident;
suffer physical or mental distress; or lose your job, a loved one, your
property, or healthand therefore you may lose the "peace" in
your heart and your sense of security.
The Lord Jesus
once told His disciples, "These things I have spoken to you, that in
Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of
good cheer, I have overcome the world" (Jn 16:33). Genuine peace
comes directly from the Lord; it is not found in the world and cannot be
attained by human effort. Many people spend their lives building their
castle of wealth, status, power, and health. Unfortunately, they are
unaware that this castle is so fragile that it cannot withstand a single
God tells us
that He will give us peace, but also that as long as were in this world
we will experience tribulation. Most people think that there is a conflict
between peace and tribulation, that one cannot have peace when one suffers
bankruptcy, illness, or the loss of a job. But in the sight of God,
tribulation and peace can co-exist without contradicting each other. God
had promised us His peace, but He did not guarantee a smooth course of
How then, do
we experience true peace from God? We need to receive from Him the
spiritual insight to transcend our physical circumstances and to see the
great blessing of eternal life to come. Both the splendors and the
tragedies of life on this earth are but clouds that quickly pass, not
worth putting to heart.
While Paul and
Silas were locked up in jail, they sang hymns praising God (Acts 16:25).
The peace of Christ sustained them, because they understood that suffering
with Christ was a joy and a blessing (1 Pet 4:12-14). Trials and
persecution can only harm the body, not the soul. With almighty and
compassionate God by our side, what can happen to us? Compared to our
heavenly inheritance, our present tribulations are light and momentary (2
How to Attain the Peace of Christ?
God has promised us
that all our needs will be provided for if we seek first His kingdom and
His righteousness (Mt 6:33). "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What
shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or What
shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your
heavenly Father knows that you need all these things" (Mt 6:32-33).
By understanding the divine love of God, we can put aside our worries and
experience the peace of Christ.
The Lord Jesus
tells us that whoever believes and is baptized will be saved (Mk 16:16).
If we believe in the true God and receive the baptisms of water and the
Holy Spirit, we can enjoy the peace of Christ and our future eternal
inheritance in heaven. The Lord gave Himself up on the cross for our
salvation, and by His precious blood, He cleanses us of our sin. He
redeems us from the domain of this world and fills us with His grace. God
does not do this because of our righteousness or effort, but because of
His love. We must be thankful because even though we are not worthy of His
grace, we have been called to the peace of Christ (Col 3:15).
we can receive unlimited peace and blessings from God. Some people desire
power, some desire wealth; yet power and wealth are limited and
short-lived. How can they measure up to God's providence, which lasts from
this life until eternity? King David knew best in applying this faith:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want
You prepare a table
before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my
cup runs over" (Ps 23:1, 5).
How to Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Our Hearts?
Some people have
plaques in their homes or churches saying, "Christ is the master of
this house." Christ is the head of the church, but we must also allow
Him to be the master of our hearts. He must be the master, not the servant
or guest. By using His word as our guide in decision-making and our
standard in daily demeanor, we can allow the peace of Christ to rule in
We can learn
from the Israelites attitude of complete reliance on the Lord as they
wandered in the wilderness. No one went his own way or walked ahead of the
pillars of fire and cloud. We may find it difficult to rely on God
completely if we do not fully believe that He has His good will in all
things. However, this attitude will not glorify God, and it will also
prevent us from obtaining true peace.
the Bible, we can grow in the knowledge of God's
mightiness, righteousness, and loveblessings that we can experience and
obtain. David said, "O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance
and my cup" (Ps 16:5). God is my inheritance, your inheritance, and
the inheritance of all believers. By understanding David's joy, we can
then understand that "all things work together for good to those who
love God" (Rom 8:28). Whether we encounter tribulation, sickness,
misfortune, or prosperity, our prayer should be, "May the Lords
will be done." Such a prayer allows the peace of Christ to rule in
from the loss of support. If Christ is our everlasting reliance, we can be
assured that His peace and joy will abide with us forever. If we let the
peace of Christ rule in our hearts, we can be one with the Lord, in whom
we live out the image of a new man and whose example we follow in all
things (Eph 4:17-24). Eventually, we can proclaim with a clear conscience
as Paul did, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil
1:21). If we can learn to adopt the mind of Christ, we will receive
the peace of Christ in abundance, along with the future blessing of