A Work in Progress – Session D – Peace


A Work In Progress

 

 

 

 

Peace.  We all long for it in our lives, don’t we?  The essence of calm, harmony, quiet, and so forth.  We want the tension, strife, and turmoil to slip away from us.  This week’s topic was interesting to me because we found our way into the bible and it showed us the seven types of peace.  God asks for peace from us and He also offers it through His grace to us.

I will list out six types of peace within the Word.  The topic of peace as the opposite of war was not included very much.  It is the seventh.  I will name the topic then list out one of the bible verses.  This particular session brought new things to mind for the group and reminded us that peace is offered and peace is expected.

Peaceful relationships

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

Peaceful rest

“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28-29

Peaceful security/safety

“May the Lord give strength to His people! May the Lord bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

A Peaceful heart

” These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you, but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to you remembrance all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ”  John 14: 25-27

Peaceful reconciliation

“For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. ”  Ephesians 2:18

A Peaceful conscience

“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

In each section the author further explained and brought to the forefront the meaning of each.  She provided examples. For instance the peaceful reconciliation section  stated the “the battles we find ourselves fighting are of this world.  The big fight has been fought and won for us already.”  We need to keep this in the forefront of our minds no doubt!

The bible verse for peaceful rest we often see the first section shared.  But taking a further looking at it, the second part is just as important.

“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,  and you will find rest for your souls. “

We are unable to do things alone.  We need a partner to aid us through the good times and the bad times.  God is extending to us his help and also expecting us to do the same with others.  If you read only one section out of this bible study book, I hope it is this particular section on page 46.

As we strive for that peace we long for, I pray that we all can settle into the peace offered from our God.  The world is full of sin and peace will not truly come until the return of Jesus Christ.  We should strive to help others and provide peace to others.  Let us pray.

 

Our Lord, the peacemaker of life we thank you for the opportunities, the expectations, and the challenges of this life on earth.  We pray for peace for not only ourselves but all others.  Those struggling to make ends meet, grieving a loved one, dealing with illness, or just feeling alone.  Those that lay upon our hearts we lift to You for Your will to be done.  May we be a reflection of Your love and the peace you bestow on us, to others.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen

Grace is a gift,

Julie

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