Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
A couple of modern cultural maxims reflect an important biblical principle: “It takes one to know one” and “You can’t give what you don’t have.” In other words, personal experience and possessions dictate what we can attempt to pass on to others. And that is especially true when it comes to being a peacemaker in this world. Since having peace in this world depends first on having peace with God, that’s where we must start. Once we have peace with God, we can be at peace with others—and share peace with them.
The New Testament is abundantly clear that our own peace with God comes through our justification by faith, which results in our reconciliation with God. Once reconciled to God, the peace we enjoy can be shared with others. In fact, another way to describe our role as peacemakers is as ministers of reconciliation—Paul’s description of those who have been reconciled to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Do you have peace with God today? It comes through faith in Christ. Once we have peace, we can be peacemakers in this world.
Few things more adorn and beautify a Christian profession than exercising and manifesting the spirit of peace. A. W. Pink
The Divine Guarantee of an Eternal Salvation, Part 1 (Romans 5:1–2)