Tag Archive | gospel of peace

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Paul writes to the Church in Corinth about orderly worship.  He stresses to them that everything be done in a fitting and harmonious way. (I Corinthians 14:40)  When we see disunity within the Body, we know this is not of God…for He is the God of peace. (Romans 15:33)  As Believers, we need to be seeking balance and mutual agreement…not causing turmoil and commotion just to make a point.  Many a Church has faced divided factions only to self-destruct rather than build bridges of unity.   And Satan smiles every time a Church self-implodes rather than attempts to reconcile the Body.

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

In this contentious and ever argumentative world, it’s difficult to seek peace in every situation.  But the key here is found in a verse in Hebrews 12:14, ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy.”  Being holy means we live in a spiritual atmosphere where grace and mercy abounds despite the hostile environment around us.  It’s where we  consider others before ourselves and strive to be a peacemaker not a rabble-rouser.

II Corinthians 6:1-2 ” As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Someday I’ll get right with God.  At some time in the future I’ll give my heart to Him…but not yet.  I’ve got too much I want to do, and I don’t want the rules and regulations of being a Christian to hinder me.  I’m young and I want to just have fun.  Sound like you?  You’ve been holding God at arms length…knowing what you should do, but wanting to wait till you’re “old” to commit.  But consider this – someday may never come for you – your future may end today,  and this is why now is the time to be serious about your eternal salvation.  When we’re young we have this grandiose  vision of immortality, and the future goes on forever…but in an instant…this can all change.  That’s why the Gospel Message is for you today…the forgiveness of your sins is for now, not someday.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to make that decision you know you need to make today…for you may be running out of tomorrows.

II Peter 1:2 ” Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

Today, this Scripture would be my prayer for you…no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord.   I ask that God’s grace and peace…His unearned and unmerited favor,  would be lavished on you, and that you would come to realize  just how much He loves you.  Great word lavish!  It speaks of profusion, extravagance, and of showering down abundantly.  It’s used in I John 3:1, where it states, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  I pray that you would experience that abundant love for yourself today.