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Too Hard to Make It Through Life Without Peace – Part 4

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Peace Through Life's Difficulties from Right PursuitNow the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. (2 Thess. 3:16)

Peace Comes Through the Right Pursuit

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Ps. 34:14)

God’s Word does encourage us to pursue peace because it is so essential to walking through the difficulties of life.  However, we must make sure the the pursuit we take truly leads to peace.  Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (Jn. 14:26).  Seeking peace according to the world’s standard actually makes you more anxious.  Peace will escape us when we pursue it from the wrong perspective.  Here is the perspective we need:

  1. Peace comes from a Person not from accomplishment, success, status, circumstances, money, marriage, etc. (Isa. 26:3; 1 Thess. 5:23)
  1. Peace results from turning to that Person in Prayer not from trying to fix what is wrong in our lives or world.  (Phil. 4:6-7)
  1. Peace necessitates experiencing hard times in life not having a problem-free existence. (Heb. 12:11)
  1. Peace is reaped from sowing good and yielding to the Spirit not in living as you please. (Ps. 34:14; Gal. 5:22; 6:7-9; James 3:18)

Unlike a pursuit of peace as the world gives it, the peace of God is not dependent on circumstances, what you have or do not have, people’s opinions or treatment of you, having things go your way, etc.  The peace of God faces the realities of life head on and enables you to rise above.  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).  You have peace when it doesn’t make sense to have peace!

Pursuing peace as the world gives it never quite fills that vacuum in our souls.  The peace of God brings an inner contentment and wholeness that reflects a satisfaction and sense of adequacy in Him that leads to positive attitudes and gratitude in the midst of trials (Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:13).

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4 Replies to “Too Hard to Make It Through Life Without Peace – Part 4”

    • I’d be glad to. Look at Hebrews 12:11 — “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Notice what produces a harvest of peace — unpleasant discipline (trials, problems, living out the consequences of our choices) but even more, being “trained by it.” Training involves on-going exercise. Quick removal of problems will not train us. The peace the world offers tends to require a problem-free existence. Solve your problems and you can be at peace. See the light at the end of the tunnel and you can be at peace. That’s not peace. That’s relief. What God offers is the ability for your soul to be at rest in the midst of turmoil. It doesn’t mean you have to like what is happening but you can be content nonetheless. If you never have problems, how will you know that kind of inner tranquility? That peace that passes understanding comes as we take our anxieties to the Lord (Phil. 4:6-7).

  1. This was such a good study! I love the new features you have on your blog! We always have to rely on God and the Holy Spirit to guide us in our Christian life. The world’s ways don’t bring Everlasting Peace like Gods does; it never will. I pray the Lord’s Prayer (Math. 6:9-15) every day morning and night. It takes the place of our long prayers. The Lord knows what we want or need. He knows our thoughts. He knows our needs. God Bless everyone who uses this resource! Leonard

    • Thanks, Leonard. I’m glad you found this series on peace beneficial. Yes, God certainly does know all there is to know about us (Ps. 139). With that realization should come a sense of assurance or peace because we can trust that nothing escapes His notice and He is capable of dealing with whatever is happening in our lives or providing whatever we need.

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