The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Wow! A peace that passes all understanding?! How would one get this peace? The Bible is very clear on how to obtain this peace. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Romans 5:1) You see, the greatest peace one can ever obtain is peace with God. The peace of this world can come and go but peace with God is something that will last through eternity! Some may say that that is a bunch of religious mumbo jumbo but I experience this peace ever day of my life. Probably one of the greatest times this peace had filled my life was in August 2006. At that time I was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. My unit and I were on our way to Iraq and many had worries filling their life. Thoughts of death were at the forefront. As we were about to leave and I was saying goodbye to my wife and kids it was a time of sadness because I knew it would be a long time before I saw them again. Because my wife and I had accepted the Lord as our Saviour we had the promise of seeing each other again in Heaven if I were to be killed. I was able to leave my family for 15 months and have peace in my life because God’s promises to His children have always held true. I also knew God would take care of my family according to Jeremiah 49:11.
So, how do you obtain this peace? Romans 5:1 tells us it was in being “justified by faith”. How does one accomplish this? Is it good works, church membership, baptism? How does one become justified and have peace? Jesus said in John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Justification and peace come by being born again through Jesus Christ. So now I must ask: Have you ever been born again? Next week I will tell you about this new birth and how to obtain it.