Peace with God

Everyone wants to have peace — peace of mind, peace in relationships, and peace regarding the future. But few people have actual peace. 

The problem is that our “sin” (separation from God) prevents us from experiencing fellowship and harmony with God. While we are each created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28) and therefore are capable of love and beauty and responding to the good, we also have all sinned and experienced separation from God. 

But Jesus took on our sin on the cross and made a way to have peace with God again. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21). And Romans 5:1 says, ”We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

The way to discover peace with God again is to trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible says: “To all who did receive [Jesus], to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

Romans 10:9 also says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

Jesus not only died on the cross. He rose again from the grave. Therefore, Jesus demonstrated His dominion over despair, darkness, and death. Those who receive Him as Savior get to share in His resurrection life. That includes His peace.

He desires for everyone to have perfect peace. “For He Himself is our peace…and He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near” (Ephesians 2:14-17).

If you want peace, then you can ask God today for that gift. You can pray, “Dear God, I know I have sinned and now I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

The next step in receiving Jesus as Savior is to be baptized.