The Peace of the Gospel
Proverbs 16 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. As someone who is self-employed it’s a great reminder for me each and every day. When I was reading through it this morning, verses 6 & 7 really stood out to me. Here’s what they say:
“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”
I added some notes in my Bible just to clarify the passage in my mind. Here’s what I have:
“Through love and faithfulness (the sacrifice of Christ) sin is atoned for; through the fear (loving respect) of the Lord a man avoids evil (sin). When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he (God) makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”
That’s the gospel.
Through the love of Christ our sin against God is forgiven and we are able to live at peace with Him for all eternity.
In my Monday morning ladies’ Bible study group, we’ve been working our way through the beatitudes, and this week we were on verse 9 (blessed are the peacemakers) so this reminder of the gospel came at a perfect time for me.
We just finished talking about how the key to true peace is trust in God. It’s obeying His commands and living to please Him. In other words, when we lovingly respect God, we find peace. When we trust and obey, He fills us with the peace that surpasses all understanding and we are able to inspire peace in others wherever we go – even with our enemies.
Peace isn’t about our surroundings. It’s about our relationship with the Creator of the world. When we are right with Him, He gives us peace and we can trust Him to take care of everything else. And what a blessing that is.
Before you go, the women’s ministry leader at our church shared the following article on blessings with us on Facebook, and I wanted to pass it on to you. It’s certainly worth reading: The One Thing Christians Need to Stop Saying