Shalom (peace) was the usual word of greeting or farewell in both the Old Testament and New Testament. It is found at the beginning or at the end of nearly all of the New Testament epistles. James and 1st John are the exception. It usually means "freedom from strife whether internal or external." It also means "security from outward enemies as well as calm of heart." Jesus is our prime example of this type of peace.
1. (Mark 4:37-39)
And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Hush be still. ' And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm." THAT'S PEACE!
2. (Psalm 119:165) Great peace have they...
3. (Psalm 34:14) Seek peace...
A. Peace with God:
1. (Romans 5:1) - ...Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. (Romans 5:11) - ...Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
3. (Colossians 1:20) - ...reconcile to Himself ... making peace through His blood.
4. This is the first and most important step to achieving biblical peace. Through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the Cross we are reconciled to God and that's good news. Because we have peace with God, we have available to us the peace of God!
B. Peace of God:
1. This is defined as "a sense of calm and complete absence of hostility and fear in the heart, enabling on to devote his/her total energies with poise and purpose to the task at hand."
2. Once again we see this peace in our Lord!
a. (Isaiah 9:6) - Prince of Peace...
b. (John 14:27) - Peace I leave with you...
c. (Philippians 4:7) - Peace of God which transcends all understanding...
d. (Colossians 3:15) - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...
3. The prescription for peace; Prayer + Praise = Peace
a. (Philippians 4:6-7)
b. (1 Peter 5:7) - Cast all your anxiety on Him...
4. Putting on the garments of praise causes the spirit of heaviness to go. God promises it and that settles it. Praise sets the captives free! We cannot trust God when we are worrying, as well as we cannot worry when we completely trust God.
a. (Isaiah 26:3) - perfect peace. This perfect peace and calmness comes from a constant, unbroken, trusting love relationship with God, pursuing and maintaining a vibrant relationship with Him.
b. Having the peace of God in our lives will allow us to live at peace with others.
C. Peace with Man:
1. (Mark 9:50) - Be at peace with one another...
2. (Matthew 5:9) - Blessed are the peacemakers...
3. (Hebrews 12:14) - Live in peace with all men and to be holy. Peace and holiness go hand in hand. Pursuing peace, achieving holiness.
4. (2 Corinthians 13:11) - Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
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