Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Since 1992, The Innocence Project has seen more than 350 wrongfully convicted people exonerated and freed from prison (and more than 150 actual perpetrators convicted). When someone is released from prison after years of incarceration, they experience profound peace of heart and mind. But peace of mind comes only after they have experienced peace with the criminal justice system.
There is a two-fold peace in the Christian’s experience as well. We are promised the peace of God when we commit our troubles and requests to Him, peace that will guard our heart and mind as we abide in Christ (Philippians 4:6-7). But we can only experience the peace of God because we have peace with God. “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Both are important, but there is an order: first, peace with God; then, the peace of God. Both are gifts of grace, worthy of praise to Him.
If you are seeking God’s peace in your life, make sure you have peace with God first. Both are ours through faith in Christ.
When we lack the peace of God, we should turn to our peace with God. Robert M. Horn
The Divine Guarantee of an Eternal Salvation, Part 1 (Romans 5:1–2)