I love the way the Bible talks about peace. In a world that is often filled with violence and aggravation it’s good to know that there’s a place where things move at a different pace.
A place where things are calm and move easily.
“Where is this illusive place?” you might ask.
Why in Jesus of course!
In him we find perfect peace, joy, love, hope and a whole lot of ‘perfects’.
Merriam-Webster defines peace as:
1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as freedom from civil disturbance or a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
Interestingly enough the Bible calls us to live peaceably according to all of the definitions above.
Isaiah 26:3 tells us “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Have you ever noticed that everything could be falling apart but the minute you start thinking about Jesus you completely forget about all your problems?
There’s something about focusing on Christ that rids our problems of their power.
Let’s have a show of hands for the persons who have argued quite fluently (and passionately!) in their heads about something that never even happened –
There are so many things in this world that will cause us to lose our peace.
Just picking up the newspaper or watching the news (or a movie) is enough to get your juices flowing…
Or, as we Jamaicans say “cause yuh blood fi boil up” – which is just another way of saying something “makes us very angry”.
Yet Jesus assures us that if we keep our mind on him that we won’t have to worry about keeping our peace anymore.
A search of the New King James version on BibleGateway.com for the word “peace” returned 397 results. That should give us a pretty good idea that peace is something that God really wants for his people.
We are encouraged in Romans 12:18 – “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Are you being called to live a life of peace this year? Here are twelve great verses (one for each month) to help you focus on peace:
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:11
He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace. Proverbs 11:12
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” Mark 9:50
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. I Corinthians 14:33
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