Before we end our series on peace, we need to answer the question, “What do we do with peace?” We know where peace is from, we know how to receive peace, and we know what kind of peace we experience. But what do we do with peace? Does the blessing of peace start and end with the individual Christian? Or are we called to make peace with the people around us?
Read Romans 12:16-18, Colossians 3:12-15, and Hebrews 12:14.
- What are we called to do with peace?
- How do we make peace?
- Who do we make peace with?
I know what you’re thinking. Answering the questions, “How do we receive peace?” and “How do we experience peace?” seems repetitive, but the two questions require different answers. Receiving peace pertains to acquiring or obtaining peace with God, and the peace of God. Experiencing peace describes the characteristics of peace, and in what kind of circumstances the peace of God is experienced.
Read Isaiah 26:3.
- What characteristic of peace is described in this verse?
Read Philippians 4:7.
- How is the peace of God described in this passage?
- What does “surpasses all understanding” mean?
- How does peace “guard” our hearts and minds?
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
- Based on this passage, when can we experience the peace of God?
After identifying God as the creator and source of peace, our next step in the quest for peace is seeking an understanding of how to receive the peace of God.
Read Isaiah 26:3-4, Romans 8:6, Philippians 4:6-7, and Romans 5:1:
- According to the Bible, how do we receive the peace of God?
- What’s the first step in receiving the peace of God?
Peace is painstakingly sought after by most – if not all – individuals. In the face of chaotic and overwhelming schedules and circumstances, we crave the “in-between” moments of peace that provide a breather. But where does peace come from? That is the question we’ll discuss this week as we seek to understand the Biblical perspective of peace, and here are a couple of questions to ponder…
Based on your experience:
- Where does peace come from? How do you find peace?
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Colossians 3:15, and Galatians 5:22-23:
- Where does God’s Word teach that peace can be found?