“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
The priceless material with which God has fitted our feet for readiness in spiritual warfare is nothing less than the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). However, the promise of peace is not grounds for an expectation of easy existence.
When the Bible speaks of the Gospel of peace, the emphasis is not prosperity but peace with God. “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds” (Colossians 1:21). Your heart once entertained shameful thoughts about God. You had an inbred disgust for his principles and precepts. “He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (Colossians 1:22). As soldiers of the cross we can march through life’s battles with a song in our hearts and with our “feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). God does not promise us that we will never have storms in life, but he does promise us peace in the midst of life’s storms.
To “stand firm with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace” is to have peace with others. While we cannot make everyone love us, we can love everyone. The Gospel of peace enables us to tread confidently through canyons of conflict and controversy with others. In the words of Solomon, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).
The Gospel of peace is a preview of perfect peace in paradise. In the present, peace is yet an unperfected process. One day, however, we will step over the threshold into perfect peace. The bottom line is this: pilgrims who stand firm with their “feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace” are only a step away from perfect peace.
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