Abiding In Him = Abiding In Peace

December 27, 2012

Friends,
One way we can know that we are abiding in Christ and God’s will –meaning, walking in the Truth and the Life and living holy and Christ-like lives– is that we will be experiencing peace of mind, heart, soul, and spirit.

This does not mean that we will have peace and harmony with those walking in opposition toward God (Luke 12:51 // 2 Cor. 6:14-18), for with such people there cannot be agreement (though if the Lord chooses to keep us in their midst, He will eventually give us rest even there. –Prov. 16:7) Certainly we are to try to keep peace with everyone, as far as it depends on us (Rom. 12:18) and as we always do what is right (v. 17), but harmony is often impossible with those who are argumentative or vindictive, or who are full of pride or other sin. Even so, for the Christian within God’s will, there will be supernatural inner peace no matter what is happening around us or to us. For we’ve been given Christ’s own peace. (John 14:27) This is His promise to those of us who have His Spirit ruling within us, for His rule creates for us an existence of real righteousness, and those who walk in righteousness have peace. (Isa. 32:17)

But, for those who are unrighteous, who refuse to pay attention to God’s commands, peace will be elusive (Isa. 48:18), for, “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked.'” (v. 22) God repeats this statement in Isa. 57:21, and in verse 20, we read, “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.” Ugh. What a person to not want to be around. Like a “tossing sea”? Never at rest and churning up slime and muck? Oh, that the wicked would see the poison and misery they dispense about them and thus run to Christ to be delivered!

There is deliverance in Christ. But we must renounce sin and come into Christ. There we must abide / stay / remain. Then we will have continual peace, for resting there in Him, we participate in His Life, His mind, and His perspective. (1 Cor. 2:16 // 2 Peter 1:3,4) What a blessing!

Do true Christians lose their peace sometimes? They do. But they do so only because they’ve disobeyed God’s Word and taken their focus off their Shepherd. God’s Word tells us to trust in the Lord (Isa. 26:4), to keep our eyes and hearts on Him (Heb. 12:2, Col. 3:1), and to keep our minds thinking on Him (Isa. 26:3), on things above (Col. 3:2), and on all things lovely and praise-worthy. (Phil. 4:8) If we do this, which we do through obedience to His Word, our peace need never be broken. For we will be abiding in Christ, and He in us.

Therefore, may we rejoice in the privilege of being one with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17), He who is “the God of peace” (Rom. 15:33), the “King of peace” (Heb. 7:2), and “the Lord of peace” (2 Thes. 3:16), and be allowing Him and His peace to continually rule our hearts (Col. 3:15) and thus our whole being — “at all times and in every way.” (2 Thes. 3:16) For doing so will mean we are abiding in Christ and God’s will, and as a result, are walking the road marked “Eternal Life”. (Matt. 7:13,14,21 & 12:50 // 1 John 2:17 & 5:20)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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