1. Vertical – Peace with God
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us” (Romans 5:1, NLT).
2. Horizontal – Peace between people — even those who are hostile toward each other.
“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. …. He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us” (Ephesians 2:14,17-18, NLT).
3. Internal – Peace within
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT).
God’s peace can conquer our deepest anxieties.
4. Eternal – Peace forever!
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end” (Isaiah 9:6-7, NLT).
Before Jesus returns, he invites all people to receive him as Savior, and through Him to find forgiveness and peace with God. He calls his followers to “…let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15) and to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). God’s great gift of peace is available to all who acknowledge their sin and their need for the Jesus Christ to be their Savior.