Where Does Your Peace Come From?
Peace That Passes All Understanding
by Joanne Troppello
I wrote the following poem about a painting my mom had given to me as a gift when I was a teenager. I still have that painting today. Many times, I’ve stared at this painting through the years. The young woman in the painting looked so peaceful and inspired me to write this poem.
The Hand of Grace
Lavender cotton drapes slender legs resting in a green meadow.
A bouquet of buttercups is held daintily in her hands.
Green eyes are shielded from the sun’s setting rays
by a straw hat with a trailing purple and white ribbon.
Her gaze focuses on the violet-colored hills and pink skies.
She sits in solitude drinking up the majesty around her.
She feels at home in her secret place where the hand
of grace and mercy has made an indelible impression on her soul.
© Joanne Troppello
A Benediction of Peace
A benediction is when a blessing is spoken, usually at the end of a church service—in certain denominations. The dictionary also states that it can be described as a “state of being blessed”.
There are several benedictions in the Bible. The following one was given by Paul and is found in II Thessalonians chapter three.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. – II Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)
Do You Have Peace?
I posted the following tweet recently after going to our Sunday evening worship service. Worshipping God together was an awesome experience. At various points during the singing, I felt like it was one-tenth of what it will sound like in Heaven someday when we will be praising God for eternity.
God’s peace truly does pass all understanding when you let go of your problems and fully embrace it. When you focus on things in life that cause your anxiety, you can’t see through it all to the peace that God wants to cover you with. I have been on both sides of this. Embracing God’s peace is definitely the place I’d rather be.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:3-9 (NKV)
How to Embrace God’s Peace
According to what we read in that passage from Philippians, there is a process for how to embrace God’s peace that passes all understanding.
Rejoice – Verse four says that we should “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!” Paul writes two times that we should rejoice. That shows the depth of meaning in how important it is for us to rejoice in the Lord—even when life is hard, and we don’t feel like rejoicing.
Be Gentle – In verse five, we are encouraged to “let our gentleness be known to all men.” Being kind and showing love to everyone, even our enemies is a tenant of our Christian faith. Especially in what is happening in America right now, it is even more important than ever for our gentleness to be evident in our witness to all people. Living by this principle will help you embrace peace.
Don’t Worry – Verse six tells us not to be anxious over anything. That’s difficult, I know, but it is something we need to do to embrace God’s peace.
Pray – The final element is to pray to the Lord about everything, even the small things in our lives that we may think He doesn’t care about.
When we follow the wisdom in this passage, it will become easier to embrace the peace of God that “passes all understanding”. I love how verse seven shares that this peace “will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
That’s powerful. I want that peace to guard my heart and mind so I can live victoriously for the Lord each day. Have you been embracing God’s peace that passes all understanding?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.