“And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”
My heart and mind, my soul and my thoughts are protected and guarded by God. I am at peace.
The more widely known translation of this verse is: “May the peace of the Lord, which surpasses all understanding, keep and guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.”
In our Anglican Church, this verse is often used at the conclusion of a service as the priest dismisses the congregation – to go in love and serve as a light in the world. The priest blesses his people with God’s peace so we may be able to face anything in the world. And so that our hearts and minds will be guarded (and guided) by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
There are many things in this world that will try to steal our peace. Traffic jams. Rush hours. An alarm clock that failed to go off. Someone drinking the last of the coffee without making a new pot. That co-worker who constantly interrupts you while you are rushing to finish a report. But we shouldn’t let it.
When I’m alone, during my prayer and Bible study time, it’s easy to be at peace. But this is a earthly peace. It’s fleeting. And can easily be stolen. As soon as I enter the “real” world, there are so many distractions and temptations ready to disrupt that feeling of calm. But the peace of God is ordained. It is anointed. Beyond anything we could ever hope to understand.
For us to maintain this peace, though, we need to live in Christ. We need to do as Christ would. Love as Christ would.
We can only have God’s peace through Jesus Christ, because of his perfect sacrifice by the crucifixion. To have this peace, you need to live in Jesus Christ as he is the one who reconciled us with God through his perfect sacrifice. Through Jesus Christ, we can enter into the rest of God.
For our spirit to be at rest, we need to be at peace. Internal peace can be hard to obtain when our emotions and impulses are often at war inside of us. God’s peace is where it all starts. Having an intimate relationship with God will show us what we need to do. What we need to put first and who we need to put first. Having our actions directed by God will put to rest all the conflicts and inner turmoil and we will finally be at peace.
The peace which God gives us is of the highest divine kind.