Peace

God’s Peace-Another Gift

Luke 2;14

This is not to be taken as a universal declaration of peace toward all humanity.  Rather, peace with God is a corollary of justification.  A better rendering here might be “peace toward men on whom God’s sovereign pleasure rests.”   God’s peace is not a reward for those who have good will, but a gracious gift to those who are objects of His good will.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 2:14

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Blessed Are You

Luke 6;22

Persecution per se is not something to be sought.  But when evil is spoken against a Christian falsely and for Christ’s sake (Matthew 5:11), such persecution carries with it the blessing of God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 6:22.

 

Reconciled in Christ

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~Colossians 1:19-23~

Man is reconciled to God when God restores man to a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  This text does not teach that, as a result, all will believe; rather it teaches that all will ultimately submit.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:20.

Reconciled in Christ

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~Colossians 1:19-23~

Man is reconciled to God when God restores man to a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  This text does not teach that, as a result, all will believe; rather it teaches that all will ultimately submit.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:20.

What will be

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Not only will the Lord establish international peace and stability in the future messianic kingdom, but He will also rule the world with impeccable justice.  This is what even inanimate creation awaits.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 96:10-12.

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~Colossians 1:15-20~

Jesus: Our Source of Peace

Before we knew Jesus Christ, our life was full of godlessness and wickedness – we had self-seeking ways and stubborn, unrepentant hearts (Romans 1:18; 2:5, 8).  Like our strife-filled world, we clamored for peace and tried to find it, but our efforts failed.

When we came to faith in the Savior, all of that changed.  We were rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into Christ’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).  Every one of our sins – past, present, and future – was forgiven.  Divine justice was satisfied by Christ’s sacrifice, and God’s wrath upon us (because of sin) was removed.  We became a new creation, washed clean by Jesus’ blood (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Now that sin’s power over us has been broken, we can become members of God’s family rather than His enemies (Romans 5:10).  He sent His Holy Spirit to be our personal guide in this new life, helping each of us experience Christ’s peace (8:6).  We also can look forward to an eternity spent in heaven, where righteousness, tranquility, and joy abound (14:17).

The story of the Prodigal Son’s return is a picture of our reconciliation with the Lord (Luke 15:11-32).  The young man had chosen to leave his father, living instead to please himself.  Repentant, the son eventually returned home; his father joyfully greeted and forgave him, and there was harmony between them.  God has done all this for us.

Our unity with the heavenly Father came at a great price – the sacrifice of His only Son.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, November 30, 2017.

How to Bloom

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The pathway of faith has divine purpose, and we’re to obey the Lord, no matter what.  But even when God’s direction is perplexing, we can count on the fact that He is good.

Walking obediently with Christ doesn’t guarantee an easy life, which is obvious when we consider Paul.  He encountered all kinds of hardships, including shipwreck, persecution, and beatings (2 Cor. 11:23-27).  Keep in mind, though, that nothing can touch a child of God without the Father’s loving permission.  He uses difficulty to strengthen and correct believers – and eventually as a tool in achieving His plan.  Also remember that the Lord protects His followers in their suffering, just as He kept the apostle safe in situations that seemed impossible to overcome.

Adversity can tempt us to ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  But we will ultimately regret such a decision, as God doesn’t spare us from the consequences of our sin.  However, He never lets go of His children, whom He will continue to protect and guide throughout life.

Walking in obedience and trust is the only way to true peace.  As Paul sat in an uncomfortable Roman prison where his life was in danger, he encouraged believers not to worry but to trust the Lord and pray with gratitude (Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:6).  Doing so leads to experiencing His perfect peace.

The only wise way to live is to believe in almighty God and follow wherever He leads.  That is the road to contentment, fulfillment, protection, and peace.  Are you journeying on the pathway of faith?  Or is something holding you back from all God intended for our life?

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, July 28, 2017.