What Does The Bible Say About Peace?

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The Peace of God, Peace With Men, And Peace On Earth

The Bible talks a lot about peace.

However, it talks about a lot of different types of peace.

In order to answer the question of what the Bible says about peace we first have to answer the question of what type of peace are you talking about?

You may be looking for answers about how to have peace of mind.

You might be talking about how to have peace with other people.

You might be looking for what the Bible says about peace in the Middle East.

All of these questions are answered in different ways in the Bible.

Because of this, I have broken down the question of what does the Bible say about peace into 3 basic categories. Peace with God, Peace with Men, and Peace on Earth.

Each of these will be on a different page in this article.

Please click through to the page that has the answer to what you are looking for.

Having The Peace Of God

Having peace with God starts with being in a right relationship with God.

Just like your earthly relationships, your relationship with God is one based on communication.

When you are not communicating or when you are doing things that hurt the other person, there is no peace between the two of you.

This is true with God as well.

The Bible says that the way to have peace with God is through Jesus.

Peace with God through Jesus

Romans 5:1
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Once you have that communication going with God then you can allow the peace of God to rule your heart.

That means that you have given over to Him whatever it is that is causing you unrest.

The peace of God ruling in your heart

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

The way that you give those things that are causing unrest and strife in your life over to God is by prayer.

The Bible says that if you give your burdens over to God in prayer then you will have peace of mind from God.

Peace of mind through prayer

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with j thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Prayer has been made religious but it was never intended to be so. Prayer is our avenue of communication with God.

Whatever the thing is that is bothering you, talk to God about it.

If it is finances, then ask Him to provide.

If it is a personal relationship then ask Him what you need to do to make peace.

Just ask God. He will give you the wisdom you need.

Peace of mind through trust in God

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Many times the reason we are not walking in peace is that we have our focus on the problem and not on the one who has the solution.

When you keep your focus on Jesus and His ability in any situation, you have peace. When you look at the problem, you have fear.

Learning how to trust in God is not always easy.

However, I have learned after 33 years that He is more secure than the stock market, my job, or the promises that others have made me. He will never leave me, nor forsake me. He always sees me through and He will do the same for you.

Walking in the peace of God

Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Peace is also a natural byproduct of being in harmony with God.

When we walk in a relationship with God, we experience peace.

Notice that it is a fruit and not a work. We do not work at being at peace. We allow peace to come.

Galatians 5:22

But a the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

As God transforms us to reflect more of God’s character, evidence of our relationship with God grows in our lives. Peace is one of the “fruits” or results of being in a relationship with God.

So in order to walk in the peace of God, we need only to walk in a relationship with God.

Sometimes that might take spending some quality time praying and seeking God’s face concerning an issue but stick with it until you have the peace that surpasses all understanding.

What Does The Bible Say About Peace With Men?

Blessed are the peacemakers

Jesus said that blessed are the peacemakers.

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

The reason that they are blessed is that they are acting like sons of God.

Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. He is the one who gave up his own rights to be the avenue that peace could be made between God and man.

When a person sets out to be a peacemaker, they are acting like Jesus.

Joy for promoting peace

The book of Proverbs is known for its wisdom. Promoting peace is considered wise.

Proverbs 12:20

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

Once again we see that the pursuit of peace with other people is a good and honorable thing. It is something that has a blessing with it. In this case, that blessing is joy.

We are called to seek peace

Not only is peace a good thing but we are actually told to pursue peace.

Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil and do good; l Seek peace and pursue it.

And again we are told in the Book of Hebrews the same thing as well.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Every Christian is called to pursue peace with other people. We are to do our best to get along with one another.

Strife, envy and quarreling are things that let the enemy enter our midst.

In fact, the Bible says that the pursuit of peace is so important that we need to be willing to suffer for it.

1 Peter 3:11
Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 3:13

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.

Walking as a people of peace

There are many different ways that people apply these verses. I think they are all applicable in our personal relationships.

Some try to apply them to politics but not always is that a good thing.

Evil men abound and there are times where we have to fight for goodness otherwise our neighbors will be swallowed up by evil governmental systems.

At the same time, we should not be gullible. We need to realize that the government that we were raised under may not always be acting in an honorable fashion as well.

We need to discern what is the difference between propaganda and what is a real threat to good people.

The principle of peace is a very high principle of the Christian faith. It should not be broken lightly.

It is better to pursue peace than it is to enter into strife.

We are called to be people of peace.

We are called to be the peacemakers of the world.

We are called to be like Jesus.

What Does The Bible Say About Peace On Earth?

Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?

The quick and simple answer is “Not until Jesus returns”.

The strife and unrest in the Middle East have been going on for over 4,000 years. It is a serious case of sibling rivalry over the centuries.

The Muslim nations are descendants of Ishmael and the Jewish nation is descended from Isaac. In fact, this rivalry was so established that even in the early church the two groups were used as an illustration between the flesh and the Spirit.

Example of Hagar and Sarah

Galatians 4

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount a Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar – 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children – 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.

So as you can see, the enmity between the two peoples is apparent even in the New Testament.

So what does the Bible say about peace in the world and peace in the Middle East?

Wars and rumors of wars

Jesus said that there would be wars and rumors of wars before peace would come.

Matthew 24:6
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Now many have said that this means that there will be more wars in the world.

However, it is also possible that the knowledge of all the wars on the earth will increase with technology and it will accomplish the same thing.

The battle of Armageddon

Now we have all heard of the battle of Armageddon. It is the last final battle between the forces of God and the forces of evil men. This battle has not happened yet.

Revelation 16

For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings 7 of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

So unfortunately the answer to whether or not there will be peace in the Middle East or on the earth is not a very hopeful one.

It will not happen until Jesus returns but once that happens then things will change.

Peace on earth after Jesus returns

Learning war no more

Isaiah 2:4
He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

A wolf lies with the lamb

Isaiah 11:6
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.

The final promise of everlasting peace

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Revelation 21

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Will there be peace on earth?

Will the wars in the Middle East end?

Yes, they will.

However, only those that are followers of Jesus will experience this final peace.

So I would just like to encourage you to give your life to the Prince of Peace by going to the meet Jesus page I have made on this website. You can find the link at the top right of this page.

Blessings!

Pastor Duke

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