Here is a Sunday night sermon from the series that I’m preaching at the church I pastor – Faith United Church, Hempstead Texas.
THE ART OF BEARING FRUIT PART 7
THE FRUIT OF PEACE
Galatians 5:22-23 TNIV – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
INTRO: This is the 7th sermon in our PM series, “The art of bearing fruit.” We are now looking at the fruit of peace.
In our world, amongst Christians as well as non-Christians, peace is regarded as one of the highest or best things we can have or attain. You can just ask people, and a number of them would like to see peace in the middle east, peace in our nation, peace in our homes, and peace in life in general.
And while peace is often sought after as the ultimate prize, it is often either absent or seemingly unattainable.
Let’s look at peace tonight.
1. Why do so few discover peace?
A. Mainly because mankind has a misunderstanding of what peace is and how it is produced.
1. Jesus made this amazing statement concerning peacemakers and the high priority He gives them.
Matthew 5:9 TNIV – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
B. It is important that we discover truly what peace is.
1. For if we don’t discover what it is, we will never really walk in it.
2. What is peace?
A. It is not being passive. It is not non-involvement.
B. Peace is more than a state of being, but a pathway we are called to walk in.
1. This pathway is not covered with cushions and rose petals.
2. It is a tough, narrow road that we walk on with a humble heart and a contrite spirit despite the adversities we face.
C. Peace is a selfless, self-giving, self-losing, self-forgetting, self-sacrificing love of God in us despite what life throws our way.
1. It is in love – standing strong, quite, and stable in spite of every insult, and hate-filled action.
D. Peace is the spirit and soul of people so filled with the Presence of God’s Spirit that they are not easily provoked.
E. Too truly understand peace and what it represents is to first discover that it is one of the characteristics of God.
3. God is the God of all peace.
A. God alone is the source and supplier of peace.
1. He alone can produce this quality of life in our everyday experiences. In other words, look for Him working in your everyday experiences.
B. It is the supreme goal of God to bring us into peace.
1. It doesn’t matter what condition we are in, God wants us to surrender to His peace.
4. God’s desire is for us to walk in peace.
How do we do that?
A. Live a repentant life.
Jeremiah 33:6-9 TNIV – 6 ” ‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
1. Here we see the promise of peace to Israel and Judah when they turn in repentance to God.
2. God wants us to truly turn from our sins.
B. Surrender our will completely to His.
1. Letting go of our own agendas and seeking His agenda and what He has for us.
Proverbs 16:7 TNIV – When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
C. Pray and ask for the peace of God to rule and reign in your life.
D. Become a peacemaker – live it out.
CONCL: Peace is not attainable apart from God. Seek Him, surrender to Him, and live your true peace in Him.
Next time we will look at patience.