Pursuing Peace

As with each fruit listed in the passage in Galatians, God not only is our example of peace, but also the source of our peace. We can see from the passages below that God is the God of peace, He is our peace, He gives us peace, and we have peace with God through Christ. God has made all the provision for us to live in peace with Him and with one another.

What is peace? Peace is a state of calm, quiet, and harmony; the absence of strife, anxiety, or disorder. It is not quarrelsome.

God is the God of peace:

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Ephesians 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

He gives us peace.

The Priestly Blessing in Numbers 6:22-27: And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

When God is present with us for blessing, we have peace. When God makes His face to shine upon us, and when He lifts up His countenance to look upon us, it means He is looking on us, His people, with favor. And when we contemplate this idea — that God really does delight in us and favor us — that should give us great peace and joy.

We have peace with God through Christ and in Christ.

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Christ has accomplished our justification which has put us right with God, and that means there is no more enmity between us because we are in Christ. Thanks be to God! This is the heart of the gospel. Because of the gospel of grace, it is possible for us to be cheerful in a world full of trials and trouble because Christ reigns, and we are in Him. The obvious result of our new standing is hearts full of rest and peace. But we forget who we are and what God has accomplished in Christ. We need to be reminded that fear is antithetical to the peace we have., and the only way not to be troubled and fearful in this world is to find peace in Christ.

His peace guards us, rules us.

Col. 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Psalm 4:6-8 “There are many who say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Philippians 4:5-7 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Our hearts are unruly and easily troubled; they need to be ruled and guarded. God’s peace does both: it is a ruler and a guardian. We are instructed here to commit all our troubles to the Lord in prayer with cheerful, thankful hearts. And when we do this, a mysterious thing happens, something no one can understand. We have peace. God sets a guard at our heart, and the guard’s name is Peace. A guard is a protection, a watchman who keeps us safe, like a sentry who stays alert, prepared for attack.

Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We are given a delightful task: think about good, true, and lovely things. Now how hard is that? If we meditate on those praiseworthy things, God will be our peace. If we meditate on things that are lies, things that are low, unjust, impure, unlovely, bad or ugly, we have no guarantee of God’s peace. God has given us the power in Christ to do what He commands. We are enabled to do this, and it is a good thing to do.

Biblical wisdom is characterized by peace.

James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

We are to pursue peace.

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

1 Corinthians 7:15 But God has called us to peace.

1 Thessalonians 5:13b Be at peace among yourselves.

If you think of the application to marriage, you have to see that living peaceably with your husband means not picking fights, being quick to be a peacemaker, putting things right; chasing after all that makes for a peaceful, harmonious, calm and quiet home. By quiet, I don’t mean there is no music playing; rather, there is no fighting or fussing.

We can pray for the peace of God.

Romans 1:7 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

Hindrances to Peace

If there is a fundamental lack of peace with God, then the solution is salvation. Call on the Lord and you will be saved. But Christians can become troubled over many things, and our homes can become in great need of peace. Here are some of the common hindrances to our peace.

1. Anxiety: Remember that Christ will never leave you or forsake you. Worrying over things makes you an unlovely wife. Remember that we are to cast our cares on Him, and let the peace of Christ guard our hearts.

2. Gossip, backbiting, and a critical spirit: These always stir up trouble. This includes sharing things you ought not about your husband instead of respecting him. This will cause a breech in your peace as a couple.

3. Prayerlessness: Well what do we expect? We need to give God our concerns instead of worrying over them, or “oversharing” about them to people who are not in a position to help us. Remember that your husband is God’s problem. Nevertheless, a woman should seek help from her elders or pastor if there are serious troubles.

4. Not living in peace with our family, neighbors, and fellow Christians: Instead of returning good for evil, being gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy, we can be on the “outs” with many people, and of course that can include a husband. Remember “the heart of her husband trusts her; she brings him good all his days.”

5. Not being of one mind: This can mean that you are not being willing to be reasoned with, that you view some subjects as simply closed. Have you drifted apart? I often tell women to get back on “his page.” This includes being submissive over issues that you have simply refused to budge on, and of course I am assuming they are lawful issues.

6. Showing partiality, being hypocritical: Some wives simply ignore their husbands. They may talk “big” about the Christian life but they are not living the simplest commands out. Or it can be the result of making a “career” out of your own interests, and not his.

7.Not growing; not imitating Paul. We ought to be growing Christians, not stagnant. We ought to be willing to apply everything we learn first in our marriages. Then we can spread it out in other areas. Sometimes it is more appealing to be community-minded before we are husband-centered. Let’s keep our priorities straight.

8. Not pursuing peace. This can happen by just letting things slide. We let the sun go down on our anger. We keep a record of wrongs. This does not result in peace.

9. And finally, ingratitude. This was the sin of the Israelites They forgot God’s goodness. Wives should make a habit of expressing real gratitude to God and to their husbands for all His mercies.

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