let the peace of God reign
The Peace of God
The teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ about our inner peace are ones which very few people understand and which only those who are truly connected to God can live.
And God goes to the extreme in teaching us to have peace because finding that peace does lead us into a different level of understanding and a different status in our relationship with God.
The thing is that finding that peace is not something we can accomplish by seeking for it, or by doing any particular strenuous exercise or study, because this peace does not come from man or from the environment, or from within us, but from God Himself. Thus the only way to find that peace is by getting really, really close to God, by walking in obedience and soaking in His word, by a prayerful life and a commitment to purity and sanctification.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And in this passage, God is trying to tell us about the wrecking power of anxiety and of inner turmoil, and at the same time, He is giving us a formula, a key which can open the flow to the streams of living water which will cleanse our soul of turmoil and preoccupation, and will bring us to a greater understanding, and the achievement of that holy grail of wise living, inner peace.
Helen Keller once said, "I do not want the peace which passes understanding, I want the understanding which brings peace."
And it would be of fools to have the understanding which can fulfill the most coveted of feelings, the feeling of inner peace and not to exercise that understanding to attain that peace. And yet many are the fools who know how to get it and cannot.
God's given us significant material to work from, to state a few: Isaiah 26:3 tells us; You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. And in John 14:27, we find Jesus telling us: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
And in this verse we can identify that Jesus Himself gives us His peace; the world has come up with uncountable ways to offer peace to man, and yet the more we search, the more we discover how these are fictitious and lousy attempts to adulterate the real thing. The world offers us momentary patches which just lead to accumulated pain, as the instant fixes, just like a pain killer, hide the symptoms for a moment, so we don't see the problems.
And so there are university degrees, and experts in the field, scientists and doctors, which offer us counseling, or therapy or a palliative, a pill that will make us feel good for a few hours, and the cycle repeats over and over, without bringing real solutions to our inner pain.
But Jesus tells us in john 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me."
Which are the reasons that cause us anxiety, or preoccupation, or despair? We could write a long list of thousands of reason which steal our peace, but they are usually summarized in a few. Covetousness, which lead us to chase after money and things, which can never satisfy us, we get enslaved by our inner desires for stuff made of fabric or paper of plastic or metal, or chemicals and in all cases, even after we have attained the object of our desire, we cannot have peace because a new type, or a new model, or a new design, or a larger size is available which drives us to a new level of covetousness.
Lust which leads us to carnal desires for the flesh of others, and causes us to fail our lives, our marriages, our self-respect, we fall in the pit of immorality. it starts with a thought, which if not leashed will spring into action, and before we know it we are immersing our bodies in a mud bath of sexual activities which are never satisfied, and many are lead into abominable practices, which are a stench to God.; for they are turning the temple of God into a temple of debauchery and evil. More here let the peace of God rule in your heart
Many at times external circumstances beyond our control will steal our inner peace, as in the case of illness or unemployment, or heart break, or grief. All the same, these cases are unavoidably stressful, and worries and preoccupation could lead us into a tail spin of depression or anxiety, which in turn would cause our bodies and mind to fail us, aggravating the circumstances and making us fall into a rot.