As children of God, we have the seeds of peace planted in us and it is our responsibility to nurture these seeds, grow in them and sow them into the world filled with public unrest and political disorders. Christians are called to peace. We must allow the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. No matter what the headline says, no matter what the news world reports, regardless of the absence of peace in the world, the peace in Christ must preside and settle all questionings in the heart of Christ followers. Because Jesus Christ came to the world to give us peace; violence, injustice, terrorism, wars and threats must not steal our peace in Christ. Jesus said; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
You can stay and grow in peace should you so desire it. One of the ways to do this is to pursue peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14). When Jesus encountered the conmen who tried to trick him into political unrest by asking him whether they should pay taxes, he didn’t get into an argument with them but with wisdom he replied; give Ceasars what belongs to Caesars and give to God what belongs to God (Mark 12:13-17). At another time he encountered the taxman, he could have refused to pay taxes as the right citizen of the land, instead, he instructed Peter to pay the taxes. Should Jesus have refused to pay the tax man, trouble might have ensued. Jesus avoided trouble and as a result, peace reigned (Matthew 17:24-27). Likewise, Christ-followers must follow in his footsteps and replicate his character in practical ways that will create peace in the world.
In the midst of the storm, Jesus demonstrated how to have peace to his disciples (Matthew 8:24) – he remained calm and he rebuked the storm. Christians must learn from him and follow in his stead – remain calm in the face of trouble and rebuke the storm. When I had troubles in my relationships, I went back to God and I rebuked the storms rocking my relationships in the name of Jesus and God was faithful to honour my prayer requests. Oftentimes, I find myself wiping down the public seat toilet after its use. I don’t do it because of its state but I do it bearing in mind the comfort of the next person coming in to use the same toilet. How do you feel when you go into the public toilet and find it in a state? Your reaction is as good as my guess but this is a little consideration for others that release peace into the world. This is my personal Christian responsibility of sowing peace into the world already full of trouble.
But for those who find themselves restless, agitated, frustrated, distressed, upset, worried, anxious over wrong activities of the world and are seeking peace from God, must do so by first becoming the peacemaker in their environment. 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
- I have set my mind on God. In him alone will I put my trust and he will keep me in perfect peace(Isaiah 26:3)
- Today I counter every form of fear and anxiety with the peace of God dwelling in my heart. I will not be troubled nor be afraid for God will keep my heart in perfect peace (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).
- My peace is found in Christ Jesus, therefore I am courageous, I am at peace through Christ Jesus who overcame the world for my sake (John 16:33)
- May the peace of God which transcends all understanding 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, my Prayer’s shall be answered. (Philippians 4:6-7).
- My peace does not come from material things of this world but it comes from God who gives me strength and blesses me with his peace.
- Henceforth I will promote peace and joy shall fill my days for the rest of my life(Psalm 29:11, Proverbs 12:20)
- The Spirit of Christ alone controls my mind. It leads me to live and gives me peace in my heart (Romans 8:6)
- Christ has given me his peace that passes all understanding. I will sow it into the world and reap a harvest of righteousness. I, therefore, declare I am a peacemaker through the peace of Christ in me. (James 3:18)