“the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:25-26
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
One of the privileged gifts that God gives us when we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ, is peace with Him. We are no longer at odds with the God of the Universe. He has made peace with us by adopting us as His very own children. We went from enemies to friends of God.
- “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.” James 2:23
God does not grant peace to all. For those who continue to be an enemy of God, there’s is a false sense of wordly peace that is easily interrupted, being tossed to and fro. In the last days, God will finally end this false peace and will strike judgement against those who have rejected His Son, Jesus. They will seek peace, but they will not find it.
- “Ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”Romans 3:16-18
- While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3
- “When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain.” Ezekiel 7:25
But, to those who have not rejected God’s Son, peace will be granted. This peace cannot be taken away and is far beyond the temporary worldy peace.
- “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Jesus, Himself, did not come to bring peace to this earth. He came to bring peace with God to those who would be adopted into the family of God, but He also came to bring a sword (the sword of His Word) in order to fight the increasingly hostile division between His sheep and the wolves of the world.
- “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
- “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.” Luke 12:51-52
Though we are no longer at peace with the world, the Lord desires for us to live in peace and unity as much as possible, displaying His righteous characteristics so that the world may know Him through our actions. We are to pursue reconciliation, agreement, selflessness, goodness, faithfulness, self control, and especially with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. There should be no divisions among His family.
- “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:14-15
- “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:14-15
- “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.” Psalm 37:7
- “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19
- “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19
- “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
- “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Of course, we should not pursue peace when it is contrary to the Word of God, that which is good, in which case, we are to take up the sword that Jesus brought with Him.
- “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” Titus 3:1-2
- “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-18
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18