Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 19, 2019

The Price Of Peace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

What would you pay for peace of mind? Maybe you’re willing to pay double for a pair of shoes you know will last—and be comfortable. Or, you hire a contractor who gave you the highest bid because he was referred by someone you love and trust. Perhaps that peace comes with sacrificing the good to wait on the better. Peace can cost us a lot.

Recently, I spent money (and time off from work) for a diagnosis that would determine whether I’d (a) have peace or (b) start a new journey of medical procedures. It’s important to note that I do not go to the doctor unless life or limb is at risk. So, for me to even consider this appointment, you can be sure my mind and heart were anxious. Praise the Lord, the result was aligned with my hope and prayer. I simply went home with less money in my account and a receipt that could very well have read, “Peace of mind, paid in full.”

And as I drove home, it struck me…peace of mind and heart may be costly to us, but peace of spirit—true and everlasting peace—is absolutely free. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, paid in full the price of our salvation with His life. We can’t earn it, work for it, or pay for it. It is a free gift. All we have to do is accept it.

So, let me ask again. What would you pay for peace? As Jesus Himself tells us: This world will bring trouble, worry, and fear. But we can take heart! Jesus has overcome the world and its troubles to bring us peace (John 16:33). The God of extravagant mercy and grace has given us His peace that can never be taken away. And it’s completely free.

“Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation—a gift that costs us nothing, but cost You everything. Let us never forget your sacrifice for our peace…and give us hearts to share this great news with others.”

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

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