Confidence in God’s Grace
March 27, 2013
What’s Your Mouth Saying?
March 29, 2013
Confidence in God’s Grace
March 27, 2013
What’s Your Mouth Saying?
March 29, 2013

Live in Peace

High tide at North Myrtle Beach 2013

High tide at North Myrtle Beach 2013

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

I’m picking up where I left off a couple of days ago. Paul lists four imperatives—be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace.

First, he said we should be perfect. We looked at that the other day.

Second, be of good comfort.

Third, be of one mind.

Fourth, live in peace.

I was watching the news when I was in North Myrtle Beach. It was obvious that we are not living in peace. I think what we have seen on the news that last few months would also point to an unrest and not peace.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Peace begins with Jesus. He gives a peace the world cannot give. We can’t look to the world to give us peace. It doesn’t have any. We only see turmoil and unrest in the world.

Knowing Peace, we can be at peace—first with ourselves. We can have peace within in spite of what’s going on around us. We may not see peace on the news, but we have peace in us.

God has called us to be peacemakers. Paul says in another place, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Romans 14:19) To live in peace is to speak peace into other’s lives and to live at peace with others. We should never be the cause of turmoil in someone’s life. We should be the cause of peace in their lives.

I don’t think Paul meant that if we live in peace, God is going to live in peace with us and if we don’t, He won’t. I think Paul was pointing out that God is at peace with us. That occurred at the Cross. It’s the finished work of Jesus. It is grace. Because we are at peace with God, we can live at peace with others around us. God always loves us regardless and without condition. His peace is the same way. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” ( Romans 12:18)