“The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control” (Galatians 5:22-23a, NIV).
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” (Luke 2:14, NKJ)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you….” John 14:27 (NIV).
“…The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end...” Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV).
- Peace – What it is
- God’s Peace is not about avoiding a problem.
- God’s Peace is not about appeasing another person.
- God’s Peace (Shalom) is a sense of well-being, a sense of a foundation for life that comes from following God. Isaiah 48:17-1; Judges 6
- Peace – How it works
- Peace with God comes through Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:19-20; John 14:27
- Peace of God comes when you include God in all aspects of your life. Philippians 4:6-9
- You include Him by sharing your worries and fears with Him. (v.6)
- You include Him by expressing thankfulness to Him. (v.6)
- You include Him by giving your attention to His values. (v.8)
- You include Him by putting into practice His life principles. (v.9) James 1:22
- Peace on earth comes through conducting yourself towards others according to God’s will, not yours. Colossians 3:15; Romans 12:18; Philippians 4:2-3; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 13:34; Matthew 22:39
- How to be a Peacemaker: P.E.A.C.E.
- P - Plan a peace conference. Matthew 5:23-24; Psalm 34:14
- Take the initiative.
- Work hard at peacemaking.
- E - Empathize with their feelings. 1 Peter 3:8; Philippians 2:4; Romans 15:2
- Listen without lecturing.
- Make an effort to understand.
- Focus on the needs of others.
- A - Attack the problem, not the person. Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 4:29
- Never compare.
- Never condemn.
- Never command.
- Never challenge.
- Never condescend.
- Never contradict.
- Never confuse.
- C - Cooperate as much as possible. James 3:17-18; Psalm 37:3
- E - Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.
- Reconciliation: to re-establish the relationship.
- Resolution: to resolve every issue. 2 Corinthians 5:18
- Application: I am consistent in staying in a place of rest and freedom from anxiety even when I am under pressure.