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THE SEED OF PEACE

March 14, 2015

Text: “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18

War, destruction, death, confrontation, separation, hatred, sorrow, disease, floods, volcanoes, and many other such troubles are continuously in the world about  us.  Many of these calamities are the result of man’s sin. Others are natural occurrences. Nevertheless, every person born into our world will be oppressed by some of these happenings.

Oh, how man longs for peace from these oppressions. The sufferer Job revealed, “For the thing that I fear comes upon me and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.” Job 3:25-26 Furthermore, Job attests that these troubles are universal among men. “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10b  Yes, Job, we all experience some of these terrors or many other things we did not list. We ask, “Why me, Lord?” But, as we learn from Job, God is not obliged to tell us.

There will always be war. There will always be peace. But if you want peace you must cooperate with the source of  peace. Who is that?   “…and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6c  Jesus wants his disciples to have peace. He knew the stresses of the world would oppress and discourage them. Satan uses these discomforting things to thoroughly demoralize us and make us remove ourselves  from God.

Jesus wished to encourage us, and so disclosed that the peace he provides us a peace that far outstrips the troubles with which Satan bedevils us. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33  The Lord will come and defeat his enemies at his appointed time, but he will not give the world universal peace until then.

Nevertheless, Christ does grant peace to Christians who are open to receive this boon. Paul instructs us to be open to the presence of peace in our hearts. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you are called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians  3:15 Your will and desire must  agree for Christ to put peace in your heart. Some will not know nor thirst for the peace of Christ. They might be perfectly agreeable to continue in the state of misery in which they are enmeshed, or just oblivious that is is available. So you must prepare for your heart to embrace this comforting. If you want the peace you must be a seeker of peace. Once you have prepared your heart for this blessing seek it diligently in prayer.

To be sure, Christ’s peace is for  sharing. “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18  There is a world of brokenness out there that needs to be told about the peace to be had in Christ. Their hearts must hear the gospel of peace. It is the balm for the sorrows for their broken hearts. It is a nostrum for their hatred. It is cheering for their spirits. Yes, sharing peace with the world by preaching the gospel of peace.  “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

One more thing. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

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