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Summary: Striving for peace is not easy and takes a lot of work on our part? But God promises his peace to those who strive to serve him.

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And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Think of those brief moments that represent Peace for you …experiences in nature, with family, friends, at work ...times of complete freedom …quiet, pure, alive what is peace?

True, perfect, pure, unaltered peace... is that what the Garden of Eden was like?

WHAT IS PEACE?

“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.”

Symbols of peace ( שׁלם )

the combination of a dove with an olive branch in it’s mouth is often used as a symbol of peace.

Consider peace as a fruit of the Spirit? Isn’t peace a situation or scenario… can I really bear “peace” as a fruit in my life?

Were we meant to have peace all the time? If we pursue it, will we find it?

the first time the world was without peace

…but not the last

the first time without peace

…but not the last

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification.

Romans 14:19

If we pursue it, will we find it?

FIRST, Peace with God

Rom. 5:1: Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Col. 1:20:and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Then, inward Peace can follow

Phil. 4:7: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

That is unhindered by the world’s strife:

John 14:27:Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

John 16:33: I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

Finally, Peace Between one another

Eph. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

Finally, Peace Between one another

Eph. 2:15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,

16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.

17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near

Finally, Peace Between one another

Eph. 4:3:making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Heb. 12:14:Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Finally, Peace Between one another

not merely as the elimination of discord or absence of conflict, but as the harmony and true functioning of the body of Christ

Rom. 14:19: Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.


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