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Have You Found the “Way of Peace?”

Have you found the "way of peace?"

“We have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1b

Is there a “way of peace” in this world today?

The world is full of unrest and anxiety. People are more anxious than ever…and rightfully so. But it’s not just troubling news reports…

Hidden deep in the hearts of people, from all walks of life, is an absence of peace.  It’s not just the turmoil between nations, economic woes, and domestic problems. But within your own soul there may be an inexplicable feeling of restlessness, with no peace.

Then how can you find “the way of peace?”

Notice, I didn’t say, “the way to peace” That’s because it’s not just a destination to arrive at—like “when the problems are all solved, then you’ll have peace.”

Don’t expect the world situation, financial markets, or your personal life to become like a calm lake. And that’s not the real peace anyway.

Rather, I’m speaking of a present path, a realm, and a way to walk right now—the “way of peace.”

So, have you found this “way of peace?”  If not, you may want to read on…

This longing for peace is instilled in us by our Creator–the God of peace Himself (1 Thes. 5:23a).

Yet, the record of the Bible reveals the loss of peace.  This has been the sad history of man since his fall from God and separation from God as his source (Genesis 3).

“The way of peace they have not known”—Rom. 3:17

For mankind living independently from the God of peace, there is an absence of peace. You can just feel it being around people. The condition is universal. It is a common condition of humanity apart from God. Without God, there is no peaceful path. But there is good news…

“To guide our feet into the way of peace”—Luke 1:79

Before Jesus was  born, Zechariah prophesied concerning Him, “the rising sun will visit us from on high, to shine upon those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

The mission of Jesus, the Savior is to guide us “into the way of peace.”

“…Your faith has healed you. Go in peace”—Luke 8:48 

Later, during His ministry, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost and suffering people–people with no peace. At that time there was a woman with an incurable hemorrhage. She was dying and all the physicians she tried could not help her.

She knew that Jesus had the power to heal her. She was so desperate that she pushed through the crowd, touched His garment, and was immediately healed.

When Jesus knew that healing power had gone out from His body, He asked, “Who touched Me?” When she came trembling before Him, He told her,

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

This literally means, go into peace.

Footnote 2 on Luke 8:48  in the Recovery Version says,

“Lit. into. Before a person is saved, he does not know the way of peace (Rom. 3:17). The Lord’s salvation brings man to the way of peace (1:79)”

If you haven’t yet found the way of peace, please take a moment to pray,

“Lord Jesus, I am a sinner without peace. I need you. I believe into You and receive You right now. Take away all my sins. Come into my spirit and guide my feet into the way of peace.”

 “We have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ”—Rom. 5:1

Now that you’ve  received the Lord, you’ve found the way of peace. Now you need to walk on this way.

Our faith in Jesus Christ has not only saved us from God’s wrath, it has ushered us into peace—in the Christ, Who is our peace (Col. 3:15). However, we still must walk the way of peace to complete our Christian journey.

Note 1 on Rom 5:1 says,

“Our journey into God through our being justified out of faith has not yet been completed; thus Paul used the word toward, not with. Grace is for our standing (v. 2), and peace is for our walk.”

So what ‘s the point? Simple.

We’re on a journey into God. And it’s not yet complete. So how can we walk on this journey? The way of peace.

After believing in Jesus to be saved. We must go into peace…and stay there. That is the only way to finish the course of the Christian life. But how can we do this?

A practical point to walk the way of peace

Peace is the normal condition of God’s life. So when peace is gone, we know something is wrong. That’s the time to stop what you’re doing.

Come back and enjoy the Lord Jesus as your grace by calling on His name, praying, reading His Word, singing, thanking and praising Him. The issue of enjoying God’s Son as grace is a condition of peace…”grace and peace” go together (1 Cor. 1:3; Eph 1:2).

As Christians, we should learn this lesson—“Stand in grace and walk in peace.” If you don’t have the grace don’t stand there and if you don’t have the peace don’t walk there.

Learn to practice this one simple lesson. Check with the Lord about whatever is before you. If you don’t sense peace with the Lord, stop. Otherwise, there is no need to look for some big feelings. Simply walk in peace.

This lesson will be a big protection and blessing for your entire Christian life—whether it’s the small details of your daily living or the major decisions of your human life or Christian life.

Learn to walk “the way of peace.”

If you’ve found the “way of peace” by believing into Jesus Christ, take a moment to share it in a comment. If you’re learning to walk on this way, we’d like to hear that also.

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About Tom Smith

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6 Replies

  1. Juan

    Thank you for sharing, this is very true in my experience. we must stand in grace and walk in peace.

    1. Tom Smith

      As believers, who have been guided onto the way of peace through believing into Christ, we still need to “walk the way of peace.” Since the Lord is now with our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22), when we set on our mind on our spirit, we enjoy life and peace (Rom. 8:6). I’m often reminded when I lose this peace that I must “stand in grace and walk in peace.” That causes me to stop and come back to enjoy the Lord as the grace with my spirit until the peace returns. This really is a preserving factor on the journey of our Christian life.

  2. 李 菲 麗

    Amen! Praise the Lord!
    His presence is peace itself/Himself to us. We have Peace continually and in every way because He is within us. Once He comes into us, it does not matter where we are or with whom, for we have the source of peace with us and in us all the time. We have no need to strive for peace without; we enjoy a peace issuing from Christ within.

    1. Tom Smith

      Amen. Peace is nothing less than the Person of Jesus Christ Himself. Since He is now dwelling in our spirit, whenever we fellowship with Him and open to Him, He as our indwelling peace, becomes the Arbitrator and Decider in everything. We just need to “Let the peace of Christ arbitrate in our hearts…” (Col 3:15). This is not just so that we will have a tranquil life but so that we can live in harmony with our fellow members in the Body of Christ.

  3. Peng

    thank you for sharing! It reminds me a hymn which I enjoyed a lot:

    When thou wakest in the morning
    Ere thou tread’st the untried way
    Of the lot that lies before thee
    Through the coming busy day;
    Whether sunbeams promise brightness,
    Whether dim forebodings fall,
    Be thy dawning glad or gloomy,
    Go to Jesus, tell Him all.

    Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/nt/788#ixzz2QhCrcZ00

    1. Tom Smith

      One excellent way to walk on the “way of peace” is to set the course for each day by spending time with the Lord Jesus in the morning–“go to Jesus, tell Him all.” Since He is the Peace with our spirit, whenever we contact Him, He becomes the practical peace we need to go on in the Christian journey into God. Thanks for sharing your enjoyment.

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