Gifts of Peace

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
                            —2 Peter 1:2

A greeting of “peace” appears near the beginning of all but four New Testament letters.

The God of peace gives you gifts of peace. Here are four of them …

The peace of justification: “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

The peace of reconciliation: “God was pleased … to reconcile to himself all things … by making peace through his blood” (Col. 1:19-20).

The peace of assurance: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).

The peace of hope: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Rom. 15:13).

Peace is not just the opposite of anxiety;
it is the absence of anxiety.

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