Summary: What are the requirements for such a deep and lasting peace?
Sunday, July 21, 2002
A few weeks ago we began this section of Philippians by saying that the theme is peace. In 4:2-3, Paul speaks of peace among the body - getting along with one another. In the section we want to look at this morning he turns to inner peace. To see how this fits together, I wnat to do something I don’t usually do. I want to take the Scripture out of order and actually begin with the last verse.
A. The Peace of God 4:7
1. The peace that God brings
a. An objective peace - we are at pece with God
b. Here a subjective peace - an inner tranquility
2. Beyond understanding
Peace despite circumstances
3. Will guard
Paul the prisoner who is used to an armed guard being there day and night, says that God’s peace will stand guard over our hearts and minds. The picture is that of a military sentry that stands as a protection against any enemy who might come against us.
This peace is the consequence - the result of what has gone before.
B. The requirements for the peace of God 4:4-6
1. A rejoicing spirit 4:4
If things are good - every good and perfect gift is from God
If things are bad - count it all joy
2. A gentle Spirit 4:5
This is more than just gentleness. It has the idea of forbearance, consideration.
Gentleness is a lack of striving, of arguing, of demanding and manipulating.
NIV Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
3. A trusting Spirit 4:6
A deliberate contrast worry vs. Prayer
NIV Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.