“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”
— Jesus as quoted in John 14:27 and 16:33
As a family we loved watching the Olympics, particularly the opening and closing ceremonies. What a refreshing view of what can happen between nations when there is a common goal without politics getting in the way. I particularly liked seeing the athletes from different nations sharing the event together. Many were smiling, taking pictures and hugging one another. We were able to see a beautiful example of the peace that can happen among people from different areas of life.
But sadly, within the very same time frame as the Olympics, there were (and still are) world events where riots and strife continue to divide people. It is the sad commentary and counter view of mankind. Selfish ambitions and the struggle to obtain power are often the motive behind these conflicts. As long as there are difference of opinions, there will be times when peace is shattered.
More than likely, each of us at some time or another have experienced a breach of fellowship with those around us.
Perhaps it was some sort of difficulty or strife that created the conflict. So how do we maintain an attitude of camaraderie and cultivate peace while we live on this fragile earth?
Jesus Himself said we would have trouble while we were here.
What a blessed relief to know He has shown us the way to have and maintain peaceable conditions. To know His peace, we must know Him: “in Me you may have peace”.
Once we get to know Him, we stop having a man-sized view of God and begin to know the Father as He is, not as we suppose Him to be.
If you want to know peace, and to cultivate peace with those around you, come to the cross. Acknowledge that you are helpless within your own efforts to maintain peaceful conditions. Seek reconciliation, first with God, and then with those around you. I promise you, His peace is the only peace that will sustain you in all things.
May He bless and keep each of you with His love and care.
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual advisor and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.