Peace Be With You

Tis the season for … Peace? If you’re like many people, it is the season of so much to do, and so little time in which to do it. There are presents to buy, trees to put up and decorate, parties to attend and give, huge family dinners and … well, you know what it is for you and your family’s traditions. The cost of the excessive hubbub is a scarcity of peace.

This is also said to be a season  of Joy, yet joy seems to be tenaciously elusive for many people this time of the year. Could it be that joy takes an exit on the coattails of peace? Isaiah 55:12a says, “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” It seems as though joy follows around after peace.

Peace is a pretty important element in your Christian walk through life. It is a barometer of your spiritual position. Colossians 3:15 (quoted below) says that the peace of God should rule, or reign, in your heart, and further that you were called to be in that very state of peaceful existence. When things like stress and anxiety fill your heart, you can be sure peace is not ruling, and you know that something is spiritually out of kilter. Your job in a case like this is to seek God to learn what caused the shift away from peace, and when He shows you, repent, receive forgiveness and return to His perfect place of peace.

The Bible has a lot to say about the value of spiritual peace as the following verses from Naves Topical Bible attest.

Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come to you. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. (Job 22: 21, 26)

 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: (Job 34:29)

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.(Psalm 1:1-2)

 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness. (Psalm 17:15)

 What man is he that fears the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 25:12-13)

The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)

 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37:11)

 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. (Psalm 37:37)

 Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none on earth that I desire beside you. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:25-26)

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. (Psalm 85:8)

 Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm 119:165)

 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel. (Psalm 125:1,5)

Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. (Proverbs 3:13-18,24)

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. (Proverbs 3:24)

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. (Proverbs 14:14)

 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatted calf together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)

 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. (Isaiah 11:13)

 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away, and you comforted me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:1-2)

 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 25:7-8)

 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. (Isaiah 26:12)

 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. (Isaiah 27:5)

To whom he said, This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. (Isaiah 28:12)

 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of his people, and heals the stroke of their wound. (Isaiah 30:26)

 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Isaiah 32:2)

 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; (Isaiah 32:17-18)

 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea: (Isaiah 48:18)

 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, said the LORD. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:1,10,13)

 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isaiah 55:2)

 For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)

 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. (Isaiah 57:1,2,19)

 Your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. (Isaiah 60:20)

 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. (Jeremiah 33:6)

 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. (Ezekiel 34:25)

 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, said the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, said the LORD of hosts. (Haggai 2:9)

 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear with which he feared me, and was afraid before my name. (Malachi 2:5)

 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:79)

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)

 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” (John 20:19)

 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (Acts 10:36)

 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: (Romans 2:10)

 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (Romans 5:1)

 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

 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)

 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)

 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13)

 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Romans 15:33)

 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.   (1 Corinthians 1:3)

 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.     (2 Corinthians 1:2)

 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, (Galatians 1:3)

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (Galatians 5:22)

 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. (Ephesians 2:14-17)

 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:7,9)

 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)

 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Timothy 1:2)

 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (2 Timothy 1:2)

 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. (Titus 1:4)

 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)

 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; (Revelation 1:4)

 May the peace of the Lord be with you during this season and always.

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One Response to Peace Be With You

  1. Sherri Williams says:

    I have found that joy and peace are an internal position, not an external. I have learned that when I say “yes” to God, that he enlarges my heart to embrace all that He has for me and though it may seem busy, there is a peace that passes all understanding, there is a joy that cannot compare. Joy and peace is not always associated with quietness and withdrawal. Life is a gift and is to be enjoyed to the fullness, including family, traditions, and a little bit of busyness. I am no longer overwhelmed by the stress of the season, but embrace the activity as an opportunity to show friends near and far the surpassing love that our Savior has for us. When I was pregnant with my first child, I couldn’t imagine loving him more than my cat….and as I anticipated the arrival of my second child, I could hardly think there was enough love for him because I loved my first,Taylor, so completely. What a mystery love is, when you are generous with it, you with be filled with more. When you withhold, it is taken from you. I want to say “yes” to all that God has for me and my family this Christmas season. God Bless

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