Go in Peace
And the king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.
2 Samuel 15:9
David granted Absalom’s request to go to Hebron and wished him peace as he went on his journey. Notice how David’s heart was at peace between him and his son, but evidently Absalom’s heart was at war. It would not be too long before David would find out the real reason for Absalom’s trip to Hebron.
This is an unfortunate and common occurrence between families. We want to enjoy life and have peace between each other but there are those who constantly want to fight. Psalm 120:7 may describe your disposition and their opposition: I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
There is also fighting among believers in the church. What does God’s Word say about the root cause of our constant warring with each other?
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war… (James 4:1-2).
As Christians, we should be transformed by the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). It is important to know that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the only source of true peace.
When Jesus encountered a sinful woman He told her …“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (Luke 7:50). He is the only One who can forgive our sins and bring us into peace with God (Romans 5:1). From then on, no matter where we go or who comes against us, we can continue to know His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).
If you are to have peace with God there must be war with Satan.
~C. H. Spurgeon~