Saturday, July 11, 2009

Seek Peace.

1Pet 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Peace is a by-product of our relationship with God. When our lives lack peace, it is a spiritual problem. We are not filled with the Spirit. We are not walking by faith, an expression of our dependence upon God. We are not walking in obedience to God’s Word. Something is being neglected, overlooked, or deliberately ignored.

God never commands us to seek happiness or success, but He does command us to "seek peace". (1 Peter 3:11) Apart from His Word, we would not know how to obtain real peace – the kind that sustains us through trials and displays the power of God. How important it must be, then, to study what God has told us about peace. Through His word, we learn what real peace looks like, what it will do for us, and how to have it. May we make it a priority to "seek peace", beginning by searching God’s Word for instructions.

Peace is a product of a Spirit-filled life.
Romans 8:6 – A spiritually minded person has peace
Romans 15:13 – We are filled with peace through the power of the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:22 – Peace is displayed as part of the fruit of the Spirit

Peace is a product of a life of faith.
Psalm 37:11 – The meek (a display of trust in God’s control) will rejoice in an abundance of peace.
Isaiah 26:3 – We are kept in perfect peace when we trust in the Lord.
Philippians 4:6-7 – We are kept by a peace that passes understanding when, as an act of faith, we refuse to worry and take our requests to the Lord.

Peace is a product of a life of obedience.
Psalm 37:37 – The end result of an upright life is peace.
Psalm 119:165 – Those who love God’s law are blessed with great peace.
Isaiah 32:7 – When righteousness is at work in our life, the result is peace.
Isaiah 48:18 – God laments that if Israel had only obeyed His commandments, peace would have flowed into their lives like a great river.