Internal peace is possible
The recent death of Robin Williams has shocked the world. We live in a world that idolizes the rich and famous today. The reality is that they, too, are human, and have the same problems that we have. The only difference is their problems are magnified because of who they are.
The lessons to learn from Williams tragic death are too numerous to put into this short essay. We will however explore a few this week.
The First is the wonder of existence. We are all created in the image of God. Within each one of us dwells an urge to know our Creator. Without having peace with Him, we grope in darkness and ignorance. The Bible assures us the peace that one will find when he/she makes peace with God!
Paul states in Romans 5:1 & 2, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” Our inter-peace with God is linked to a relationship with God. This is the connection that God desires for us and we should desire with Him!
The second lesson is the wonder within us. When we make peace with God, we find peace with ourselves. The struggles that once dominated our thoughts and actions are replaced with security and peace in living beyond ourselves. Paul tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 6, 7).
Paul tells us that internal peace is possible within ourselves!
Lastly is the wonder of relationships. When we make peace with God and ourselves, we will find that peace with other people is possible!
The apostle Paul states, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12: 18). Peace with all men is possible when we make peace with God and ourselves.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org