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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Power of Peace

Ken Horn
June 26, 2011

Peace is more than freedom from war. It is something that the human spirit cannot do without; it is listed in the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22,23.

I have seen “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV) functioning in unbelievable circumstances. I have seen Christians draw on that deep, unfathomable reservoir to experience peace and comfort in periods of extreme hardship or tragedy.

The Holy Spirit, in His role as the Comforter, is a major source of that peace for the believer.

The peace of God comes from having peace with God — being first of all reconciled to Him through salvation. But Christians find even deeper dimensions of that peace.

One way is through God’s Word.

Tucked into the 119th Psalm is this great truth: “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble” (v. 165). Making the Word of God a consistent part of your life makes you better able to deal with things that can cause turmoil.

The Bible does something else for you. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).

Having the abiding Word in your spirit helps you deal with temptation. Peace is a byproduct of having a clear conscience. There is a false peace that comes from a seared conscience (1 Timothy 4:2) that makes one numb to guilt — a dangerous substitute for a clear conscience.

When the believer sins, a healthy conscience drives him to 1 John 1:9, often called “the Christian’s bar of soap” — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Staying in God’s will brings peace. A.W. Tozer said, “Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God, and he is instantly free.” Instead of plotting your own course, “you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that’” (James 4:15). Do this, and nothing will trouble your spirit.

Peace was so important that, in the Bible, it was a commonly used greeting and farewell. It continues as such among Christians today. As the apostle Peter said, “Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Peter 5:14).

Ken Horn

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