The world’s view of peace is the absence of conflict, trouble, and having freedom from mental and emotional disturbance. For the believer, peace is a person and that is our faith. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but in Him we may have peace. Our ability to have peace comes from Him. I am going to talk about how, as believers, can live in peace while we are in a conflict and how we can prepare ourselves before a conflict arises.
- Peace is the focus on God’s presence. Scripture states that God offers perfect peace to the person who keeps themselves fixed on Him. One of the best ways I know how to experience God is by recognizing that He is always with me. Psalms 139:7-8, paints a beautiful reality of this. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there.” No matter what you are going through in life, good or bad, peace is always available because the God of Peace is right there with you. That’s why it’s important to remain aware of Him at all times, in every situation.
- Peace can be seen as a present tense conversation with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. My personal belief is Satan uses worry, anxiety and fear to distract us, not only from God’s presence but also our conversations with Him. God has a different plan: in the midst of our enemies He prepares a table for us. This reality is also displayed in Psalms 23:5. The table God sets before us is for our communion with Him. Our intimacy with God gives peace, even in the midst of conflict.
In conclusion, the only ways for a person to live and preserve peace is to know God is with us, and that in order to rest through life, we must have communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.