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Let Us Be Peaceable

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
June 7, 2014

Peace of Mind is something we all want. We all want to be free of stress and worry; we want to be able to rest, to get along with others and to feel free to enjoy life, family, friends, work, church, hobbies, entertainment, etc. We want to be able to enjoy ourselves and not be burdened with the cares and anxieties of life and the conflicts that rob us of energy, joy, and purpose!

Sometimes when we cannot find Peace it affects our mental and physical health. We can get depressed, and even become angry and lash out at God or someone near us.

The idea of peace dominates the Bible. There are approximately 400 references to peace yet we see little peace in the world. The world we live in is crying out for peace! We do not have economic peace, social peace, religious peace, political or domestic peace in the world around us. There is a lack of peace everywhere you look.

People seem to have no ability to get along with each other. Every relationship is very fragile. All over we see people with mental and emotional illnesses like never before. Family violence and breakups are at an all time high. Because man has not achieved personal peace, his world has become a reflection of that lack of inner peace with God.

Is there peace in your personal relationship with God? Are you at peace with God as Psalm 119:165 promises? “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Are you at peace with your spouse and children? Are there any relationships where you do not have peace, where you have not let go of a hurt or grudge or where you have been offended and not let go by forgiving those who wronged you? Really forgiven, not just spouting the right words to make yourself look righteous, while deep within your heart you have a little bad taste that has begun to form a bitterness that prevents true spiritual peace. It is absolutely imperative to our spiritual survival and future that we pursue peace with God and man with all our might. Hebrews 12:14 instructs us to follow or pursue peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. That is a very sobering statement when you consider what a life without peace will bring. Everyone who calls themselves a Christian must seek peace within every relationship in order to grow and develop Godly character. If we do not we will by our own stubborn disobedience stop our spiritual progress.

The kind of peace God desires is not simply the absence of conflict or strife. It is that plus the presence of righteousness that causes right relationships. The fruit of God’s Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control. True biblical peace is not just stopping war, conflict and strife; it is creating righteousness and forgiveness that brings enemies together in love. James 3:17 tells us, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable.” Real peace always produces righteousness in relationships. Peace is not achieved between two people unless they have seen and acknowledged the error, the sin, and the wrongness of the bitterness and hatred and bad feelings and have made the decision to bring it before God and make it right. Real peace is not just a truce, a ceasefire, a cold war or a time to reload.

If two people are fighting it is the result of sin. Eliminate the sin and peace is restored. If we have righteousness, purity, and holiness in our lives peace will be a by-product. If we have righteousness and purity in our marriage, home, and church peace will be restored. Sometimes though people may not go along with our attempts at peace. That does not change our responsibility to make the effort and follow Jesus’ own words in Mark 9:50, “Be at peace with one another.”

Often ignored but just as critical in your spiritual walk is applying these words to the relationship between you and your spouse. Your spiritual growth will go nowhere if you do not straighten things out with your wife or husband at home. If you don’t according to I Peter 3:7, “Your prayers are going to be hindered!” And we will not have a right relationship with our Eternal Creator period.

According to Matthew 5:23-24 God does not want his people coming to church and worshipping Him if they have not made every effort to be reconciled unto their brother. Further along in Matthew 5 Jesus commands us to love even our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us. We show our Heavenly Father that we are His children if we are peacemakers, even with our enemies. In Matthew 5:9 we are promised that peacemakers will be happy and blessed for they shall be called the sons of God. Sometimes it will cost a lot, and sometimes we can only do our part whether others want to obey God or not. Paul told us in Romans 12:18, “If possible as far as it depends on you, be a peace with all men.” We should all be striving to be peacemakers especially within the Church of Jesus Christ. Maybe it will cost you something and maybe you will have to suffer some, but that is what a peacemaker does. That is what Jesus lived His life for, and He is our example to follow.

Brethren, it is possible to have perfect peace in our heart and our relationships amidst the challenges and tribulations of everyday living! If our heart is right with God we will be at peace within and with those around us. They may not choose the path to perfect peace, but we can have it. The words we choose have a great influence in producing a peaceful mindset and in creating peace in our relationships.

Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger and destroy peace.

Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (and they promote peace in our mind and in our relationships)

Keep yourself in the Bible everyday and let His words dwell in you richly! Meditate and apply the Truths of Scripture and keep your mind focused on Jesus the Prince of Peace. Pray for peace that passeth all understanding and God will answer your prayer!

Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Thee because he trusts in Thee.”

Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep you and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God Answers Prayer
He answered Prayer so sweetly that I stand,
Amid the Blessings of His Wondrous Hand.
And I marvel at the miracle I see!
The favor that His love has wrought for me!
Pray on for the impossible and dare!
Upon Thy banner this brave motto bear
My Father Answers Prayer!

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