Placebo or Remedy?

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ”
(Romans 5:1).

What is peace? Who has peace? The dictionary defines peace as a situation in which there is no armed conflict in a country or among countries; harmony without conflict between people; the absence of noise or hustle and bustle; the state of those who are not bothered by any conflict or disturbance. It is also the feeling of internal harmony the faithful receive from God. True profound peace comes from God and is the result of being well with Him, and by extension, with others.

In the Old Testament, the word peace is shalom, and indicates a state of complete wellbeing. This is a broad concept, that indicates spiritual peace (salvation), physical peace (health), psycological peace (integration), and social peace (justice & liberty).

Paul affirms that this true peace can only come from God. It is through Him that we receive peace. When God created life, everything lived iin harmony and peace. Sin provoked division and rebellion against God, against others, against themselves, and nature. Therefore, a state of disharmony was produced that can only be healed when we re-establish communion with God.

We all need peace. Some look for it on alternative pathways or use placebos, in other words, using substances that do not have any healing effect but can have a therapeutic effect when those who ingest it believe it is an effective medication. The pacebo does not cure the real primary disease but can only relieve the superficial symptoms.

Sin is the great distroyer of peace, in other words, a separation from God that leads us to selfishness, idolatry, fear, anxiety, and hate. Utter peace is a gift from God and can last over time through a permanent communication relationship including Bible study, prayer, mediation, and testimony.

We need peace, forgiveness, and love from Heaven. This is something that cannot be aquired with money, intelligence, wisdom, or personal effort.

“But God offers it to you as a gift, ‘without money and without price’ (Isa. 55:1).
It is yours if you will but reach out your hand and grasp it. The Lord says,
‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ (Isa. 1:18).
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you’ (Ez. 36:26)” (Steps to Christ, p. 49).

Very soon peace will be definitive and eternal;
meanwhile, do not use any placebo. The remedy is unbeatable!

God bless you, may His peace be with you all the time…