P stands for Peru but in the ABC’s of Christian Living it stands for Peace. It also stands for Patience. Both of these are a Fruit of the Spirit, and they stand side by side.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).
Let’s talk about Peace. The word is found more than 250 times in the Bible.
Peace keeps good company:
- The God of peace
- The Lord of peace
- The Gospel of peace
- The bond of peace
- The peace of Christ
- Peace with God
- Peace to the brothers
- Live in peace
- Grace and peace
- Grace, mercy and peace
- Mercy, peace and love
- Faith, love and peace
- Joy and peace
- Righteousness, peace and joy
- Honor and peace
- The blessing of peace
- Good news of peace
- Perfect peace
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. When he was born the angels announced “on earth peace.” But Jesus announced,
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-
man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:34-39).
Jesus brings us inner peace but for many it means total lack of outer peace. So many people around pour world experience just what Jesus said about bringing “a sword.” They are persecuted because of the name of Jesus, but the testimonies we hear is that the less “outer” peace, the more “inner” peace they have. It seems like a paradox. But He IS our Peace!
As for our Christian Living, this is what we should strive for:
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Rom 14:19).
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Rom 12:18).
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14).
BE A PEACEMAKER!
How can we keep focused on peace?
“(1) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (2) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, (3) present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:4-7).
Do you see the three “easy” steps?
- Don’t worry
Many times it’s easier said than done. But this is the Bibles’ prescription for peace.
Have a peace-filled day!