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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

What is Peace

February 18, 2007

 

 Psalm 122:1-9

 

(Psalm 122:6-7niv) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

Peace is wholeness. The peace sought in these verses is much more than the mere absence of conflict. It suggests completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection. The world cannot provide this peace. Real peace comes from faith in God, because he alone embodies all the characteristics of peace. To find peace of mind and peace with others, you must find peace with God.

 

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

Peace is resting in God’s sovereignty. The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life is deep and lasting peace. With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace

(Phil 4:6 NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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

 

Peace is the calming of internal conflict. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our heart and life to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says he will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from him.

 

Peace is reconciliation with God. 

 Peace with God is possible only because Jesus paid the price for our sins through his death on the cross.

 

Peace is a by-product of obedience. (2 Chronicles 14) Asa’s reign was marked by peace because he “was careful to obey the Lord his God.” This refrain is often repeated in Chronicles—obedience to God leads to peace with God and others.

  

 

Peace is the by-product of dependence on God. Sleep does not come easily during a crisis. David could have had sleepless nights when his son Absalom rebelled and gathered an army to kill him. But he slept peacefully, even during the rebellion. What made the difference? David cried out to the Lord, and the Lord heard him.

(Psa 3:4 NIV)  To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah

(Psa 3:5 NIV)  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.)

(Luke 21:28nivWhen these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

 

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