Real peace refers to the inner tranquility and calm composure of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ. The peace that Christ Jesus taught is a combination of hope, trust, and quiet in the mind and soul, brought about by reconciliation with God. We understand that Jesus brings peace into our lives. A peace that surpasses all understanding. The peace that is given to Jesus’ followers is to be used to help others come to the same saving knowledge of Christ Jesus that they have. This peace is a tool that can be used to bring reconciliation between people and God and between people.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see– such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So, he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.
In this passage, God provides a robust, promising, and exhilarating formula for real peace. His answer to humanities hunger for peace may be summarized in five key principles. Today we look at the first one.
The first principle is that real peace is a priority to God. (Colossians 1:19-20; Matthew 5:23-24)
Peace is such a high priority to God that he sent his only Son, the most exalted and powerful ambassador who has ever walked the face of the earth to bring peace. And this was no casual or last-minute assignment. The plan began way back as Peter tells us in
1 Peter 1:18-20 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
God’s priority for peace is emphasized by the fact that he planned for reconciliation even before the world and all our conflicts came into existence! Since God has made peace one of his highest priorities, he calls us to do the same. He does not want us to treat separation from him or others as an insignificant matter. He expects us to make more than a token effort to seek peace with others. Jesus teaches us never to delay going to someone who may have something against us. In fact, his priority for peace is so high that Jesus tells us to seek reconciliation with others even before we seek to worship God himself!
Matthew 5:23-24 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
What more could God say to indicate how high a priority he places on peace? He sent his most exalted ambassador to make peace on earth.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Consider why we are care
2 Corinthians 5:19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
We have the message the world needs to hear; peace that they seek is found in reconciliation with the who gives them the very breath they breath. We care because it is God’s will for our lives to proclaim the wonderful message of reconciliation.
Consider the process to peacemaking in
Matthew 18:15-17 15 "If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won't accept the church's decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
Notice that the process is restorative. Ever step in the process of discipline, that is what we are doing here, is bringing restoration to a relationship. We are to be restoring relationships in all our efforts as Followers of Jesus.
By his example and commands, God has placed peace at the top of his list of priorities. Let us do likewise!