What is it?
Christmas is the “season of peace.” Green Peace is a year round endeavor. In high school, the word “peace” (accompanied by V-shaped fingers) was one of my favorite salutations.
Fine, I admit it . . . I’m the guy who still thinks that’s cool.
People drink to “peace in the east.” Protestors contrast peace and war on spray-painted banners. When making decisions, Christians search for the “peace” they believe will affirm their life-choices. Anxiety attacks and phobias are a mainstay of psychological counseling sessions, and what child hasn’t experienced a lack of peace in a dark room on a stormy night?
Peace seems to be much longed for yet seldom achieved.
No doubt many of you have a favorite Scripture passage you turn to in times of turmoil (moments without peace). There are numerous scriptures that deal directly with peace, and countless more that bear such wonderful tidings a Christian can’t help but let the truths wash over their soul with a peaceful, contented froth. So, if it’s impossible to pick up the Bible without facing truths designed to deliver peace, why do so many Christians struggle with inner doubt, anxiety, stress, distress, fear, and depression?
There was a time in my life I sloughed through discontentment and despondency. I hated my life and couldn’t believe this was God’s will. Thankfully, instead of running from God, I searched the Bible for answers. My joy – my peace – was found in a thorough study of Philippians. To this day, Philippians 4:4-9 is one of my favorite passages.
Over the next few weeks I will do a short Sunday Sermon Series on the practical applications of this beautiful doctrine. We will learn together from God Himself what peace is and how we can achieve this elusive virtue. I hope it will be a study of supreme joy to every believer in God. Please join us as we take the first steps to “peace on Earth,” by beginning with our own lives.
I suggest you spend some time reading and praying through Philippians preparation for our study next week.
Continue to “Peace In: Part I.”