In spite of the absence of peace in the world, Christians seeking peace of mind must first pursue peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14). This is the reason why Jesus Christ demonstrated how to have peace with others in the Bible. When he anticipated that trouble might ensue with the tax man should he refuse to pay taxes, Jesus instructed his disciple to pay the tax man despite their rights as citizens of the country (Matthew 17:24-27). Likewise, Christ followers must follow in his footsteps and replicate his character in practical ways that will shed lights upon the world.
Though wars and threats are not part of God’s plan for his children and neither are public unrest and political disorders which may have become orders of the day amongst believers, those who find themselves restless, agitated, frustrated, distressed, upset, worried, anxious and always in one fight, violence or the other, must seek the Lord for the peace he has to offer. After all, God’s plan for his children is that of peace and not of evil, to give hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Also, Christians must consciously nurture peace seed already planted in the heart and pursue it in practical terms as one of the Christian personal responsibilities to carry out daily.
Just as Jesus demonstrated how to have peace in the storm to his disciples (Matthew 8:24) – to stay calm and rebuke the storm as well as avoid trouble and do the right thing. Christians must learn from him and follow in his stead. I often find myself wiping down the kitchen from top to bottom after its use. Not because of its state but to avoid any form of argument with the next person who might want to use the kitchen. More often times than not, I experienced the peace of mind afterwards. When I had an encounter with a couple recently, I was able to quickly sense this fruit of the peace more in the husband than in the wife. Where it was easy to get along with the husband who had no airs about him, it took me a while to get to know the wife better. Peace of God in you should calm others down and not cause them any form of aggravation. This is the reason the Prince of Peace came to fulfil his father’s plan for the elect and the chosen; to give peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
You can grow in peace should you desire it. All you need do is to acknowledge God’s presence in your life, nurture this present of peace and you will begin to see its fruits in abundance. For this is one of the reasons the son of man came to the world, that it might have peace (1 John 3:8) and his followers might enjoy peace of mind. A simple act of going the extra mile in avoiding trouble will nurture and develop the gift of peace that God has in store for you. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of an injustice? approach it with peace in mind. Should you be at the receiving end of argumentative, negative people; deal with it in anticipation of their weaknesses and, instead of seeing the negativity and arguments, see the good in them and trust God for the best in them to come out shining. Could you shy away from avoiding any form of a clash with others in your sphere of influence? that is you nurturing the seeds of peace in you and that is you on the journey to acquiring the peace of mind. Speak out loud the following Bible declarations over yourself to grow and nurture the seeds of peace already planted in your heart.
Make a Declaration of faith
- The Lord keeps me in perfect peace for I have set my mind on God and in him alone will I put my trust (Isaiah 26:3)
- I counter every form of fear with the peace of God in my heart, I will not be troubled neither will I be afraid (John 14:27).
- I will lie down and sleep in peace for God alone makes me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8).
- Jesus was pierced for my transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought me peace was upon him, and by his wounds, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).
- I am courageous and I am at peace in Christ Jesus who overcame the world for my sake (John 16:33)
- I declare that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Henceforth, I will not be anxious over anything but I will make my requests known to God through prayer and supplications and with thanksgiving on my lips (Philippians 4:6-7).
- The LORD gives me strength; the LORD blesses me with peace. Henceforth I will promote peace and joy all my days (Psalm 29:11, Proverbs 12:20)
- I proclaim that the Spirit of Christ alone will control my mind and lead me to life and peace in my heart (Romans 8:6)