Keeping the Peace
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. ~Romans 16:20
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. It is that inner tranquility for the believer that can be great and perfect. The possession of true peace surpasses all understanding. It is a tranquility that most people desire, but they fail to meet its conditions in order to possess it. This morning, let us see the importance of keeping the peace.
We see the gateway.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). The word “justified” is a judicial term. When a person repents of his sin and receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, he has attained a right standing with God. Because his sin debt is paid for in full and his sins have been imputed on the Lord Jesus Christ, God looks at the saved individual as if he had never sinned. Salvation brings us to the place where we have peace with God. We cannot possess the peace of God until we have first attained peace with God through salvation. Being justified beautifully describes that we have been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Being justified is the gateway to peace with God.
We see the gospel.
“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15). The gospel that we preach is not a combative message, but a message of peace. The gospel is the means by which a sinner attains peace with God. It is also the means by which a sinner’s heavy burdens and cares are relieved as he places them on the Lord. It is how a sinner finds rest for his soul. When we look through the gospels and the book of Acts at the lives of people converted to Christ, they attained peace where there was formerly affliction, pain, sorrow, trouble, unrest, and weariness. The gospel of peace is the sole remedy for changing our society and families.
We see the governing.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). Peace is found in the Godhead. As a fruit of the Spirit, we must be walking in the Spirit in order to have God’s peace at work in us. Peace is not sustained through the physical, but only through the spiritual. Righteousness, peace, and joy are available through a life consistently walking in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit places the emphasis on our relationship with God. It is an abiding relationship. It requires putting to death the flesh, so that the Spirit abounds. Consistent and sustainable peace is maintained as we walk with the Lord.
We see the God.
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen" (Romans 16:20). Five times in his epistles, Paul refers to God as the God of peace. Three of these times is in Romans. He is the God of peace Who, by His power, enables us to step on Satan. Satan desires to steal our peace from us. He will use agitation, anger, anxiety, affliction, and allurements to take our peace from us. Our position in our Lord enables us to always call on Him to step on Satan’s neck to let him know that greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. Keeping the peace entails the God of peace bruising Satan under our feet. Let God’s peace prevail in your heart and life.
Have a peace-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1Kings 8-9