Thanks for inviting us into your space for a moment so we can announce to you “God’s peace!”
God wants to “complete” each of us, to give us the wholeness that comes with spiritual life. Peace means more than absence of conflict, it means wholeness, completeness. God’s peace is the spiritual wholeness God gives when He gives us Himself. He takes away our separation from Him by taking away what separates us and announces that our great life problem is solved. He is on our side.
What separates? It boils down to the fact that we are naturally separated from God, like oil and water, like water and fire. The separation comes because of sin. Even quite moral people, when coming face to face with God’s convicting Spirit, find like the rest of us that in our hearts we can’t always do the good we want to do and we end up doing what we don’t want to do. We can’t love as we should and we get captured in ways that keep getting in our way. But, more important, they get between us and God, leaving us empty and estranged. It is not just a feeling, it is a fact.
God has announced an answer to our emptiness. He has taken upon Himself all of our sin so we can live in the glad expectation that He is for us every day and forever. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:28)
We aren’t just living in an enthusiasm that has to be pumped up, we are resting in an unseen reality: God’s grace. It is the spring of life. It is the spirituality of the cross. It is the way that we walk through life. We praise God and encourage each other in it. We live examined lives that lead to cleansing. This new life makes us strong to face the brokenness within and around us.
So we say to you, God’s peace! God is even now proclaiming to us that we can trust His way of making peace through the cross.