Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and I welcome you to the month of May which has been declared unto us as a season that we shall enjoy His covenant of peace. In Ezekiel 37:26, the Lord declares that “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will give blessings to them and multiply them and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore” (AMP). Let me assure you that we serve a God that keeps His word. The Almighty God says that “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Therefore be rest assured that you shall live a life of peace and in His fullness in Jesus’ Name (3 John 2; 1 Cor. 2:9).
The Hebrew word for peace is ‘shalom’, which has multiple meanings but not limited to safety, welfare, prosperity, security, fortune, friendliness but also that we are all complete in Him. Our God is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord Our Peace (Judges 6:24). The personalized meaning of peace is reflected in a nonviolent lifestyle, which also describes a relationship between any people characterized by respect, justice and goodwill. This latter understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual’s sense of himself or herself, as to be “at peace” with one’s own mind.
In Philippians 4:6, the scripture states that “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Peace is the absence of anxiety and we shall enjoy God’s absolute peace this season like never before. The book of Proverbs puts it even more succinctly, that “a heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30). Furthermore, that “when a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).
Peace is a quality describing a society or a relationship that is operating harmoniously. Peace can be either negative or positive. While negative peace is attained in a temporary cessation of hostilities or conflict, positive peace is achieved by addressing the root causes of conflict. In Ecclesiastes 3:8, we are made to know that there is “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” The scripture in Isaiah 9:6-7 declares that “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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” The sum total of peace is rest.
In all, it is worthy of note that The Lord Himself is the Lord of Peace and He shall make this manifest in our lives. We shall enjoy both personal peace and also His peace all around us. These all comes by having a genuine relationship with the Prince of Peace. Would you like to know Him personally today? If you do, you shall enjoy His everlasting and enduring peace.
Dr. Akpo Onduku.
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