Friday, May 20, 2011

That illusive word: Peace

"Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace."
Psalm 37:37

I tend to be a "peace at all costs" kind of girl. To a fault. I hate strife--in the home, in the church, in the world. I can remember once in college being asked the question, "If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be?" My answer: peace among all people. I think at the time it sounded pompous to say that when I could have said any frivolous thing that a typical college student might say. In fact, I was almost laughed at! But that just shows the extent to which I hate strife.

Yet the Scriptures say much about seeking peace:

"Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it."

Psalm 34:19
"Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy."
Proverbs 12:20

Peace, on the surface seems so illusive:

We are to seek peace
in this world there is no peace.
"In this world you shall have tribulation..."
(John 16:33)

Peacemakers are happy
"Blessed are the peacemakers"
(Matthew 5:9)
"There is no peace"
Ezekial 13:10

Jesus is the "Prince of Peace"
Isaiah 9:6
He said, "I did not come to bring peace, but the sword"
Matthew 10:34

Jesus gives us peace
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you."

How then, can we be peacemakers? How do we pursue peace? How do we know peace in a fallen world that will never know peace until the return of our Lord?

Know the fruit of the Spirit in our lives:
"The fruit of the Spirit is peace." Galatians 5:22

Give everything to God in prayer.
"And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

Do good.
"There will be...glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good."
Romans 2:10

Be ready always to share the gospel.
"And having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace."
Ephesians 6:15

Know intimately the God of Peace.
"For He Himself is our peace"
Ephesians 2:15

Our quest for peace is impossible without the Prince of Peace. I pray that you know Him.

As we seek the peace that passes all understanding,


Cranberry Morning

Thank you for your encouraging words, Gloria, and for always backing up your words with Scripture. Lately I've been reminded of Luke 12:51-53 along with Matt. 10:34. And at the same time, that we have a gracious, longsuffering, and merciful God who always does what is right. That gives me peace.

And you, my friend, give me encouragement. :-)


I am with you 100%. However, I blame my age on wanting so much peace and quiet now. I have been by myself so long, when I am in a crowd of loud people, drives me nuts.

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