Today we are finishing up our discussion on Romans 1:7
“To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
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Yesterday we spent our time talking about God’s blessing of grace. today we are going to talk about God’s peace. The Greek word used in verse 7 for “peace” is “Eirene” and it is defined as, “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, it fears nothing from God and is content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.”
Paul is not promising in Romans 1:7 that the Lord is going to remove the Romans (or us) from the battles or troubles of life when He blesses them with peace. Paul is declaring that there is a blessing of peace that can settle upon the Christian in the middle of life’s worst battles. This kind of peace can possess our hearts and minds and keep us soul-quiet even while the world rages around us.
I remember one particular point in my life when the battle got so overwhelming and powerful I really should have fallen apart. I kept expecting to. I kept telling myself, “Tomorrow I will probably have a nervous break down.” But the breakdown never came. It was not because I didn’t care about what was going on. In fact I spent whole weekends shut away from the world fasting and praying over the situation. The situation never changed. I did. God gave me His peace. He let me know He would walk with me. He let me know I was still blessed even though everything around me was a curse.
The key to walking in the blessing of peace is to keep your eyes on Jesus and off the world. Isaiah taught this in chapter 26 of his book when he stated, “You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isa. 26:3
So on a scale of 1-10 how strong is your sense of peace? What do you have to take your eyes off of so they can refocus on Jesus to bring that number up even one point?