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What is peace?
- Peace is the absence of arguing, confusion, contention, differences, dissension, enmity, envy, fear, fighting, hostilities, perturbation, quarreling, resentment, strife, tension, worry, etc.
- Peace is the presence of amity, calmness, concord, harmony, hope, quietness, serenity, tranquility, undisturbed state, friendliness, etc.
- Jesus made peace between God and us by His substitutionary death to reconcile us to Him, but we are speaking in this study of peace with others (Col 1:20; Eph 2:13-18; II Cor 5:19).
- Some people grow up in a culture of unrest, so they have never really experienced peace.
- They grew up in a house where parents yelled at each other and at the children often.
- They grew up where criticizing, debating, or teasing was allowed or even encouraged.
- They grew up where people were mad at each other and full peace was never reached.
- They grew up in a house where no one communicated well, leaving confusion and fear.
- They grew up in a home where there was a regular cold war of bitterness and grudges.
- They grew up in a home where there was little intimacy, leaving them fearful and lonely.
The blessing of peace
- A dry morsel and quietness is better than a house full of sacrifices with strife” (Prov 17:1).
- Lost in the woods or the attic is better than a brawling or contentious woman (Pr 21:9,19).
- A sweet blessing is to die in peace, which is what God promised to Abraham (Gen 15:15).
- Consider peace in a soul … in a marriage … in a family … in a church … in a business, etc.
- The possession of one or more of these peaceful relationships is a wonderful blessing in life.
- God the Holy Spirit gloriously described church unity in beautiful words (Psalm 133:1-3).
- When at peace, your heart, mind, and soul are freed for positive, productive thoughts – for the lack of peace keeps the heart, mind, and soul disturbed with anger, fear, confusion, etc.
- Our God is a God of peace, and the lack of peace grieves the Spirit (Eph 4:30; I Thess 5:19).
The duty of peace
- James gives one of the best and starkest contrasts between two lifestyles (James 3:13-18).
- Our Father expects us to sacrifice even good in our pursuit of peace and joy (Rom 14:16-19).
- Our Father expects us to live in unity and receive one another as He did us (Rom 15:5-7).
- We are to endeavor through humility and love to maintain the Spirit’s unity (Eph 4:1-3).
- God blesses those who love peace and create peace by godliness (I Pet 3:10-12; Ps 34:12-16).
- When Jesus comes for His saints, will you be found in peace (II Pet 3:14)? Even tonight?
- Paul suggested one of the best ways to help your pastor … be at peace (I Thess 5:12-13).
- God challenges us to exercise every bit of strength we have toward peace (Rom 12:18).
- We are to walk in the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit includes much peace (Gal 5:22-26).
What hinders peace?
- It is not that everyone gets with it and never offends or irritates you! But how do you react?
- Every man’s nature is warlike; some more than others; some do not rule their spirits.
- Envy hinders peace, because it resents another’s abilities, blessings, position, etc.
- Pride hinders peace, because it seeks inordinate affection and attention, rather than giving it.
- Bitterness, or any unresolved conflict, leads to envy, grudges, or resentment of others.
How to be a peacemaker
- Peace is a wonderful thing, but it will only exist if you work for it with great effort.
- You must keep your mind stayed on the LORD Jehovah for peace in your soul (Is 26:3-4).
- God has the desire and power to give you great peace (Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:6-7).
- You must be at peace in your heart and soul, before you will ever make peace with others.
- You must discern, examine, resolve and settle differences for peace with others (Eph 4:1-3).
- A wife can be a great peacemaker by cheerfully agreeing and submitting to her husband.
- A husband can be a great peacemaker by being a conflict resolution manager of differences.
- If you offend another, then go … if you have been offended, go (Matt 5:23-25; 18:15-17).
- Solomon gave specific advice for gloriously dealing with transgressions by others (Pr 19:11).
- Rather than let another defeat your peace, overcome them by goodness (Romans 12:16-21).
- Is there any conflict or strained relationship in your life? Go! Corrrect it! Now! Make peace today!
- God will bless all peacemakers, for they give the evidence of being the children of God (Matt 5:9).
For Further Study:
- Sermon Outline: James 3 for 3:13-18.
- Sermon: Righteous Relationships (see also).
- Sermon: Brother Love.
- Sermon Outline: Which Every Joint Supplies.
- Sermon Outline: 10,000 Talents.
- Sermon: Blood Thicker than Blood (see also).
- Sermon: Thoughts Can Destroy.