Posts Tagged ‘Peace


More And More

It was customary for letter writers to offer a blessing at the beginning of their letters in ancient times. Peter bestows such a blessing at the beginning of his second letter to the first century church. He wrote in 2 Peter 1:2 (NLT):

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

What a wonderful blessing! Peter prayed that God would offer those Christians more and more of what they needed most – grace and peace. In these hard times in which we live, we need more and more grace and peace.
We need more and more grace to not only cover our sinfulness, but so that we can offer more and more grace to others who may hurt us or disappoint us. We need to not only be grace receivers, but grace dispensers as author Philip Yancey once said.
We also need more and more peace in our lives. Let’s face it, the world offers very little in the way of peace. Conflict and war seem to be the order of the day. We need more and more of God’s peace so that we can also offer more and more of His peace.
May God bless you today with more and more of His grace and peace in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Working For Peace

It seems like everyone wants peace in our world. We want peace in our homes and at work and in our communities. We want an end to violence in our streets. We want an end to the political division we see on social media. We just want peace! But do we want to work for it? Peter, in talking about living a happy and joyful life says this in 1 Peter 3:11 (NLT):

Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

We have to repent of our evil ways and do the right things. We have to search for peace and work to maintain it. I’m fascinated by those words. Peace doesn’t happen by accident. We have to search for it. It is not self-sustaining, either. We have to work to maintain it. It almost seems as if our default mode is conflict. Conflict and fighting is easy. Peace is hard. So what can you do to work for peace in your sphere of influence today? Perhaps you could start by approaching someone with whom you are in conflict. Instead of waiting for them to come to you, you can make the first move. Maybe you could work to defuse a situation instead of escalating it. It could be that you need to forgive someone who wronged you and work toward reconciliation. Take that first step and don’t wait any longer. Search for peace and work to maintain it.


Pointing People To Peace

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with several beatitudes. These are little statements that point us in the right direction. It begins with a recognition of one’s own spiritual poverty. As Jesus goes along, He describes the path to a right relationship with God as your Heavenly Father. As we grow and discover how to have peace with God, we are to point others to peace with God. Jesus said:

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Our Heavenly Father desires peace between Himself and people. Because of sin, humanity is at war with God. He sent Jesus to bring about peace between us. We did all of the sinning and Jesus does all of the saving. He makes peace possible through His death and resurrection. Those who have received His peace are now called to be peacemakers. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus. May you have an opportunity to be a peacemaker today.

The Peace Of God

After encouraging the Philippians not to worry about anything and to instead pray about everything, Paul then tells them about God’s peace. He wrote:

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

When we worry, it robs our hearts and minds of God’s peace. I’ve heard it said that worrying is a lot like banging your head against a wall. It only feels better when you stop. When we put our trust in God for our daily needs, He replaces our worries with peace. Our faith in God overcomes our fears. We don’t understand this kind of peace. It goes beyond our comprehension. The situation about which we are worried hasn’t changed yet, but when we trust the Lord, our perspective changes. We have this inexplicable peace that comes from God. So whatever you’re worried about today, take it to the Lord in prayer and leave it with Him. You’ll find that He will replace your worries with His peace.

O We Of Little Faith

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 8:23-27 and is about Jesus calming a storm.


What Governs Your Mind?

There is a battle between flesh and Spirit that rages in the minds of people. The apostle Paul wrote about the difference between a mind that is controlled by the flesh and a mind controlled by God’s Spirit. He said:

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. – Romans 8:6-7 (NIV)

When Paul writes about the mind, he is talking about our worldview and our thought patterns. Your worldview and thought patterns are controlled by one of two things – the flesh or God’s Spirit. The benefits of being under the Spirit’s control are eternal life and eternal peace. Do you want more peace in your life? Then you need to submit to God and His ways. The consequence of being controlled by the flesh is eternal death and separation from God. Paul says that a worldview that is controlled by the flesh is hostile to God and will not and cannot submit to God and His ways. The ways of the flesh and the ways of God are diametrically opposed to one another. You cannot be controlled by both. It’s one or the other. One way leads to death and the other to life. Surrender your life to Jesus and you’ll discover eternal life and peace.

A Kind Greeting

Peter starts off his 2nd letter with a wonderful greeting. He wrote:

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.​ – 2 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)​

First, he says that we have received a precious faith through the righteousness of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t live a perfectly righteous life, then our faith is useless. It is because Jesus never sinned that His sacrifice on the cross was pleasing to God the Father and was able to take away our sins. Our faith has been received, meaning it did not originate with us. Rather, it is a gift from God.
Second, Peter blesses his audience by wishing them grace and peace in abundance. What a kind greeting to wish someone the blessings of abundant grace and peace.
My prayer for you today is that you would experience abundant grace and peace in your life because you know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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