Summary: Many seek peace from areas that cannot provide it and ignore the peace which God offers.
Psalm 85:8 - 8 I listen carefully to what God the
LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his people, his
faithful ones. But let them not return to their foolish
John 14:27 - 27“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of
mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the
peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Phil. 4:6-7 - 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray
about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him
for all he has done. 7If you do this, you will experience
God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human
mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and
minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Col. 3:12-15 - 12Since God chose you to be the holy
people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with
tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and
patience. 13You must make allowance for each other’s
faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember,
the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14And
the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love.
Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your
hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to
live in peace. And always be thankful.
II Thess. 3:16 - 16May the Lord of peace himself
always give you his peace no matter what happens. The
Lord be with you all.
Peace......so many thoughts come to our minds when the
word is used......
A. Lying on our backs in clover and Indian paint
brushes......the breeze gently blowing....the
temperature, just right......a lake....the birds
singing....etc. (you paint the picture).
B. Peace......that quiet time with your mate, after
the children have been tucked into bed....the
quiet times together before a lit fireplace.
C. All during WW II, there was a yearning for peace
from the fighting.
1. Beautiful songs were written about peace....
songs such as: The White Cliffs Of Dover.
D. There is even a serenity and peace in the concept
1. Life, itself, seems to be an enemy of peace.
Such a beautiful thought......such a great word.
A. At no time does this word or do these thoughts
gender trouble, stress, or fear.
1. The word, itself, almost seems to take on
medicinal qualities.....a balm to our soul.
a. This is the desire of all humanity....
whether Christian or non-Christian, alike.
1.) We want rest from all the wars and
conflicts, and arguments, and
2.) We want to be free from all worry...
all cares....all upsetting concerns.
3.) We don’t want our consciences
beating us and the guilt disturbing
4.) Most importantly....we, as
Christians......want a real and
tangible peace between us and our
1.) This is behind the whole
concept of forgiveness of sins.
2.) We understand that when the
blood of Christ washes over
our sins.....they are obliterated
.......God remembers them no
more....He can now look at us
and see His Son....and be at
peace with us.
Equally understood, is this: Again....if we revert to a love
of sin.....to the habits of sin....to a “peace” with sin.....we
lose our peace, again, with God.
A. We all certainly want peace, but perhaps we need
to be reminded of just what is necessary to
maintain that peace in our lives.
I. Those who continue in doing that which is right in the
sight of God (we call it righteousness) maintain the
blessings of peace with God.
Romans 2:7-10 - 7He will give eternal life to those who
persist in doing what is good, seeking after the glory and
honor and immortality that God offers. 8But he will pour
out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves,
who refuse to obey the truth and practice evil deeds. 9There
will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on
sinning—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 10But
there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all
who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.
A. Christ came to bring a message to the lost....to
break down the barrier between man and God.
1. This was Christ’s mission.
a. That mission is still real and still lives on
through those who claim His name.
2. Not only do we experience peace with God,
when we become a Christian.....but we also
become vessels of peace to others.
a. The “doing of good” mentioned in the
previous passage is the sowing of the
Word of reconciliation and peace.
Matt. 5:9 - 9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
3. The ones who make peace happen, in this
world are those who work to reconcile God