The Cost of Peace

Thursday night during worship at Collision, there was such a peace that it could be felt throughout the sanctuary. We sometimes forget about the peace and rest that the Holy Spirit gives us because we don’t take time to slow down. Our lives are too busy and we’re being pulled in too many directions. Our “time of rest” becomes sitting in front of a TV instead of resting in the presence of the Spirit of God.

This peace is a huge departure from the events that lead to the death of Christ almost 2,000 years ago. We’ve seen the images that we’ve created through art and movies. We’ve read the account of Christ’s death through scripture. That day was the turning point for every one of us that was born into this world. That day was not marked by peace.

They’re such opposing images to see this horrible and violent death that Christ had to go through and then look at the peace that is brought by the Holy Spirit. We have to remember that it was a grueling death that allowed us to have that peace. One can’t exist without the other. It was the sacrifice that Christ made that can allow us to rest in the peace that the Holy Spirit brings.

I know that this may seem elementary to many Christians, but these two opposing images are something that God clearly showed me last night. I have to value that peace brought by the Holy Spirit because of the way that it was given to us. Violence, murder, and the outpouring of blood allowed the Holy Spirit into my life.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-Romans 15:13 (NIV)

I know that the power of the Holy Spirit is life changing and powerful. I know the peace that it brought last night to Collision Coffee House. Let’s not forget that we were given the GIFT of the Holy Spirit for our daily lives. This peace that is freely available to us came at a large cost that we can’t ignore.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at


  1. avatar Faith Marsingill
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Ryan – I just read your blog on how Our Lord & the Holy Spirit worked in your life last evening and that their peace and rest were present during your worship time at Collision last night. WOW!! Amazing story and I am so glad you posted it today. Last night is usually our intercessory prayer time and there is usually just two of us, but last night it was different. Our pastor, Carolyn, and a Mosaic brother were with the two of us. We prayed peace over the world, over some UMC pastors and their recent decision, over our Global Impact Seminar that is coming up and also for rest for all who are involved in bringing God’s word out to the world. So you saying you felt this peace and rest last night during your Collison time – well I have got to say that was exactly the time we were praying for it!! Our God is such an amazing one – he never misses a chance to show us our faithfulness to follow him will be awarded and awarded mightedly. I wish you and your family Peace, Rest and Blessings!! Faith M.

    • avatar Ryan Gutowski
      Posted September 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      It’s always monumental when we take time to pray for others. We stop looking at everything that’s going wrong in our lives and we selflessly ask God to bless others. Thank you for praying for the body of Christ last night. Tell Pastor Carolyn that the team from Collision says hello. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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