Peace on Earth: Peace in Your Heart

 

Christmas means you can have God’s Peace in Your Heart.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philemon 3

 

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

 

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

 

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 2 John 3

 

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 2

 

Principles for Experiencing God’s Peace in Your Heart

Philippians 4:5-9

Promise of Peace

shall keep—rather, “shall guard”; shall keep as a well-garrisoned stronghold (Is 26:1, 3). The same Greek verb is used in 1Pe 1:5. There shall be peace secure within, whatever outward troubles may besiege.[1]

 

 

Principle #1: The Presence of God

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

 

[This nearness of Christ admits of other explanations. It may mean that He is ever near to His people as their efficient supporter and helper, so that with such an arm to defend them they have nothing to fear from the power or malice of their enemies (comp. Matt. 13:11; 1 Pet. 4:7); or, more probably, that He is always near to them in point of time, will soon come to relieve them of their cares and trials, and receive them to their appointed rewards and rest in heaven (John 14:3; Rom. 13:11, sq.) See note on 1:7. There is no necessary, certainly no exclusive, reference here to a definite expectation of the near advent of Christ, and the end of the world.—H.][2]

 

 

Principle #2: Prayer

 

…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

 

The Philippian saints were habitually worrying. Paul exhorts them to stop it. [6 highlights] The word “nothing” is literally “not even one thing.”[3]

 

 

 

Principle #3: Praise

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

 

“Peace” is the companion of “thanksgiving” – Commentary Critical and Explanatory

 

 

 

Principle #4: Purity of Mind

 

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6

 

In keeping with that thought, Paul suggests to his readers a ‘divine programming’ that will ensure their peace. He calls upon them to think about:

      (True) the true—those things that correspond to the teaching of God’s Word;

      (Honorable, Honest, Noble) the noble—those things that have the dignity of moral excellence;

      (Just, Right) the just—those things that conform to God’s standards;

      (Pure) the pure—those things that are free from the taint of sin;

      (Lovely) the lovely—those virtues that make believers attractive and winsome, such as generosity, kindness, compassion and willingness to forgive;

      (Commendable, Admirable) the things of good report—those things that give Christians a good reputation and a good name. [12 highlights]

(Worthy of Praise) Paul sums it all up by telling his readers to meditate on anything of virtue and anything worthy of praise.[4]

 

 

  

Principle #5: Practice God’s Word

 

For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:19–20

 

 

 

Do You have this Peace in Your Heart?

Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14

 


[1] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Php 4:7). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Braune, K., & Hackett, H. B. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Philippians (67). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Php 4:6). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

[4] Ellsworth, R. (2004). Opening up Philippians. Opening Up Commentary (84–85). Leominster: Day One Publications.

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