Sometimes words, when spoken, can produce an effect that amazing. Nothing illustrates this more than when Jesus spoke to the howling winds and lashing waves during a storm and said, “Be at peace! Quiet down!” Also, when He walked into the room and found His disciples in a state of panic and despair over His death, and greeted them with, “Be at peace.” Since the beginning of time, there are few things man has sought more than peace. The search is universal and for the most part elusive. Efforts to produce a world at peace will always be futile until all men have peace in their hearts. Such peace cannot be simply proclaimed by one man or some world power, but only by the power of God’s transforming love.
But peace as transformed love in our spiritual oneness with Christ takes on a different composure. There is a difference between living in peace with our neighbors and having peace of mind over both our external and internal state of affairs. It’s more than just being free from care and having a sense of well-being; peace as a form of transformed love is anchored in our unchangeable, unmovable, unconquerable God and His promises. It comes from knowing we possess a security that cannot be misplaced, cheated out of, borrowed, stolen, hijacked, embezzled or pawned. Such blessed assurance is found in Christ Jesus alone and is only a foretaste of things to come.
I love this illustration that I’ve used in preaching and writing about the father who tiptoes past his son’s room thinking he’s asleep, only to hear his son laughing and saying, “You’re not gonna win!” Upon opening the door, he saw his son reading a book and inquired why his son was laughing and making such comments? The boy answered, “Dad, this is a story about some bad guys trying to beat the good guys and think they are winning. But you see, I’ve read the end of the book already, and guess what? They lose!” Jesus is saying something similar: trials and tribulations may be coming but don’t worry, I already know the ending, and we win! How can that not make one’s love for Christ feel more certain, and transform their love into peace of heart, mind, and soul? Peace is love that is confident. – Dr. Robert R Seyda