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As you know, our Bible Studies are focusing on the Fruit of the Spirit. So far, we have looked at love and joy. For this month, we are going to be looking at peace.
Romans 12:18 CSB
If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
To me, that feels like a tall order. As much as it is within your power, live at peace with everyone. Sometimes, it is within our power to live peaceably. Sometimes, it is not within our power to live peaceably.
The concept of biblical peace is more than just the absence of conflict.
The Hebrew word for peace is

Salom - שָׁלוֹם - peace, prosperity, welfare, state of health, friendliness, deliverance, and salvation

Numbers 6:26 CSB
may the Lord look with favor on you and give you peace.” ’
The Greek word for peace is

εἰρήνη - eirene - peace, tranquility, the sense that all is well

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary Peace (New Testament)

It describes an international calm and a relationship of goodwill between God and humans. Most frequently it describes a social reality, a state of reconciliation and wholeness among a group of people.

Peace is a key characteristic of a godly person.

Peace is an evidence that God is working in our lives. It is a trait that God possess in his character. God is called the God of peace. Several times in the New Testament God is called the God of peace.

God is called the God of peace.

Romans 16:20 CSB
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

The basis of our peace with God is our justification by faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1 CSB
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
You cannot have lasting peace within yourself or lasting peace with other peace unless you first have peace with God.

God has said that there is no peace for the wicked.

Isaiah 57:20–21 CSB
But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea, for it cannot be still, and its water churns up mire and muck. There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God.
When you enter into a relationship with God, he gives you peace. Peace with God is key to having peace within yourself and peace with other people. This peace transcends the circumstances and events going on around you.

You can have peace in the middle of the storms of life.

Jesus promised us that we would have problems.
John 16:33 CSB
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
The problems and challenges of life can rob you of peace, but they do not have to do so. We lose peace when we feel uncertain about what is happening.

What are some things that try to rob us of peace?

But these things don’t have to rob us of peace. Why? Because of the second part of the verse.
John 16:33 CSB
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Perhaps we worry and lose peace because we do not really believe. Maybe we think, I know God can deliver me and guide me through these troubles, but I doubt if he will.
There are two passages of Scripture that can help us through these time when our peace is shaken.
Philippians 4:6–7 CSB
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The antidote to worry is prayer.

We go to God in prayer. We go to God with a thankful heart.
“The result promised to us when we come to God in prayer with thanksgiving is not deliverance but the peace of God. One of the reasons we don’t find this peace is because all too often we will not settle for anything other than deliverance from the trouble. But God, through Paul, promises us peace, a peace that is unexplainable. It transcends all understanding. And, says, Paul it will guard our hearts and minds against the anxiety to which you and I are so prone.” (The Fruitful Life, p. 77)
Here is the second passage,
1 Peter 5:7 CSB
casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

We take our worries to God in thankful prayer.

Paul, most likely, when he wrote about the Fruit of the Spirit, he was thinking about our relationships with other people. He was likely thinking about the peace we need to have with other people. The Bible speaks much about having peace with other people.
Matthew 5:9 CSB
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Romans 12:18 CSB
If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 14:19 CSB
So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
Hebrews 12:14 CSB
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.
These are just a few of the examples. Peace is not about passivity. Peace is not an easygoing “can’t we all just get along” type of attitude. It doesn’t mean that we compromise our doctrine or tolerate injustice. It does not mean that we avoid controversial subjects.

Biblical peace is about unity, humility, and restoration.

Unity because we are all one in the Spirit of God.
Humility because conflict takes two people.
Restoration because if we get it wrong we have to work to restore our relationship. We are to be people of peace and do whatever is in our power to take practical step to attain and maintain peace within and with other people.
Romans 12:17–21 CSB
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
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