P is for Peace

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?

  • Rejoice
  • Don’t worry
  • Pray

Many times it’s easier said than done. But this is the Bibles’ prescription for peace.

Have a peace-filled day!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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One Response to P is for Peace

  1. Thanks so much for not forgetting us, Peruvians here. We also take you into our hearts dear Hermana Che. Be always Peace and Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ with you and family!
    A big hug!

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