Transformative peace isn’t merely a quieted heart or still mind. It’s a way of living built upon the foundation of a life following after Jesus. If you are in search of peace in your life, you are seeking after Jesus. Needing peace in your mind, finances, job, or relationships, is an indication you are in need of an encounter with the Prince of Peace. With the worries of our days, and the highly influential culture built around social media, we can deceive ourselves into thinking peace will eventually come to us. We might think once we have the perfect morning routine, hit our business or fitness goals, or find a moment to slow down in our day…then we will find peace.
Does this sound familiar?
As a culture, we’ve begun to perceive peace as something to achieve rather than a person to encounter. Popular secular bloggers and influencers claim that peace is found through meditation, self-love, and simply avoiding negativity. While it may be true that mindfulness and living an intentional life may foster peace, Jesus should be our only source of peace.
As believers, we know that our peace is in Jesus. No amount of meditative new-age chants, affirmations, or mantras can replace the fulfillment of encountering His living presence. If you struggle to navigate your daily life with true peace and rest in your soul, learning to partner with the transformative peace of Jesus will change you. Even more, those all around you will begin to experience the peace you carry. This is a peace that is everlasting–it doesn’t change on circumstance, but is set on the rock of ages. The ways of the world attempt to steer you into temporary satisfaction, but the person of Jesus transforms your soul.
The truth is that our hearts only can find rest in God: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him” (Psalm 62:1)
Peace is a person
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah’s prophetic declaration in the Old Testament proclaims the hope of God becoming man. Specifically, it describes Him as wonderful, everlasting, and mighty. He possesses a government to which there is no end. This is our Prince of Peace and King. When recognizing the need for peace in your life becomes simply recognizing the need for Jesus, you can omit the list of things to “do” in order to obtain peace. Jesus has already offered Himself (and His nature!) to you. Quieting your heart to receive Him is where you will begin to experience his transformative peace.
Peace is a fruit of the spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
When we walk in the spirit, we can be confident in God’s characteristics showing up in our lives. Peace is the fruit of communion with God. The bible tells us that we are seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). When we activate our spirits with the Holy Spirit, His nature is a result! If peace is a priority for your life, pay attention to your partnership with Holy Spirit. Are you aware of Him with you throughout your days? If there are instances when you feel alone, tired, frustrated, or bored–I want to encourage you: invite the presence of Jesus to be with you. His peace will follow!
What does the bible say about peace?
In John 16:33 Jesus tells the disciples, “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.”
Peace might feel small in comparison to the woes of our world. But Jesus makes it clear that He has overcome the world! In this, we trust that His characteristics aren’t just powerful–they’re transformative!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
What does reading the phrase “at all times in every way” bring up in you? Disbelief or hope? There is so much anxiety, depression, and mental health disorders all around us. Research at Walton Family Foundation found that 42% of Generation Z are likely to battle feelings of hopelessness or depression. There is a war on the peace of this generation’s minds. The enemy plants lies which try to convince us that our world is just too hostile or restless to know peace. While there may be violence around us, it cannot rob of us everlasting peace in Jesus.
Some of these lies of disturbance the enemy says sounds like…
“Worry is just a part of life”
“It’s just a dark and scary world”
“There is no hope for this”
But the word of God and voice of Holy Spirit tell us different:
“Do not be anxious in anything”
“I give peace in all things”
“Take heart, I have overcome the world”
Transformative peace in Jesus…what does it look like?
“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:11)
Knowing the Prince of Peace has the power to transform our life. God is not an abstract boss in the sky but a good Father who sent His spirit to reside inside of us. A beautiful exchange of our spiritual life and tangible world happens when we engage with God inside our mundane life.
This may look like pausing before entering that busy supermarket and acknowledging Holy Spirit’s presence with you. It may look like inviting the peace of Jesus into your home before hosting family or friends. Experiencing the transformative peace of Jesus looks like communion with His presence.
Take a moment to consider your week. Can you identify a place where there was anxiety, fear, or lack of peace? In that experience, did you make space for the Lord to show up?
A prayer for you
God, thank you that we have friendship with you as the Prince of Peace. I pray that this reader begins to feel empowered and equipped to encounter your presence, hear your voice, and be transformed by the peace only you bring. Reveal to them places and opportunities for your goodness to show up in their everyday. Let your transformative peace be known in their life. Amen!
I bless you this week, as you encounter new opportunities to experience the peace of Jesus.
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)