Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. 18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
When we receive Jesus as Lord, are reconciled to God, and are made righteous, we are no longer enemies of God. Being justified we are at peace with God and we are no longer enemies of God but are now under His blessing and favor. Being at peace with God opens up the door to the privilege of walking in the peace of God which is an ongoing harmonious confident relationship with God in our day to day walk.
Our home is also supposed to be a place of peace or a peaceable habitation. Our homes are supposed to be an oasis of peace not a combat zone. It used to be (and still is in many cases) that people went home to get away from the fighting, stress, and turmoil of life and work. In these perilous times some, for some, they go to work to get away from the fighting, stress, and turmoil in the home. We’re supposed to live in peace (2 Corinthians 13:11) and be at peace among ourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:13).
The responsibility for peace in our homes is everyone’s business. All the major passages on the home (Ephesians 5; 6; Colossians 3; 1 Peter 3) never mention the responsibility and role of one family member without mentioning the others (husbands, wives, children). Each has to submit to God’s Word and obey it in order for there to be peace. It is never just one person’s job to submit to the Word.
The promise of peace in our home is conditional and has to be set in motion by each person in the house. Any one member can disturb the peace of the home. Each member of the family has to learn to walk in the peace of God and maintain the peace Jesus gives us as individuals in our heart. Have you ever noticed that when a person’s personal peace is disturbed, they tend to disturb the peace in others instead of sowing peace? Peace takes effort to maintain (Ephesians 4:2) but the potential for peace lies within every Christian’s ability (Romans 12:18). With God’s help and grace all of our homes can become peaceable habitations. My prayer today for your house and mine is from 2 Thessalonians 3:16 which says, “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”