Summary: This is the season of Peace. Peace on earth, good will toward men. Peace is the most sought-after ‘commodity’ in our hectic lives. Mankind will go to great lengths to compromise for the sake of peace.
Biblical Text: Philippians 4:1-9
“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
This is the season of Peace. Peace on earth, good will toward men. Peace is the most sought-after ‘commodity’ in our hectic lives. Mankind will go to great lengths to compromise for the sake of peace. Governments have spent countless hours in negotiations with neighboring nations to ensure that they will remain at peace. Fortune 500 Board of Directors will give up a little more of their profits for the sake of peace. In our individual homes, parents have been known to compromise with their children for the sake of peace.
Yet, try as we might, peace often eludes us. That’s because peace has a great price. You can’t demand it; you can’t purchase it; you can’t invent it, or concoct it.
If I told you that there is a way to guarantee that you will always be satisfied with your present circumstances…that you will always be guaranteed peace…would you be interested in hearing about it? Of course you would. And I’m going to share it with you. But keep in mind that this six-step guarantee is only available to members of the household of faith.
For us, Philippians contains the secret – the six steps to peace. According to the fourth chapter, there are six steps that a believer must take to maintain the peace of God within his heart and life. If we fail to take these steps, we grieve both the Lord and fellow believers who have made a special contribution to our growth and look upon us as their “joy and crown” (Phil. 4:1).
When a believer loses his peace with God, several things happen...
He becomes self-conscious, and guilty, discouraged and defeated.
He becomes cantankerous, critical, and divisive.
He begins to slip back into sin.
The peace he once had with God and man becomes disturbed, and restlessness grips his soul. His restlessness stirs him into being a troublemaker or into sin or else it plummets him into despair and defeat. He has failed; therefore, he feels unworthy and unable to walk victoriously with God.