Peace is one of the things worth fighting for!
More wars have been fought to secure peace than just about any other cause. Unfortunately over recent world history there has been more war than there has been peace.
Peace must be pretty important!
God places His blessed of approval on those who promote peace and He calls them His sons!
Peace is so highly valued by God because God highly values people and He values relationships and peace is the product of healthy relationships. Peace is worth fighting for because relationships are worth fighting for.
Peace is essential because of its intricate connection with justice, righteousness and freedom. Peace is the by-product of a culture where justice, righteousness and freedom are honored and enjoyed. People living in such a culture would be truly blessed. That should be status quo for every family and every church, but unfortunately it rarely is.
Naturally, peace is disturbed whenever justice, righteousness and freedom are threatened. As much as we value peace, we will risk peace in an attempt to restore justice, righteousness and freedom.
That is what the cross of Christ was all about. Jesus died to restore justice, righteousness and freedom so His people could live in peace.
Having established its value brings us back to the question, "What is peace, by God's definition?"
Peace from God's perspective begins with being in right relationship with Him in obedience to His will. And since our sinful nature resists submission and obedience to God, therein is the individual struggle we must fight.
"Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses." I Timothy 6:12
Peace from God's point of view also requires relationships between God's people to be transacted in justice, in righteousness and in freedom.
No wonder those who dwell in the peace of God as considered blessed!
No wonder those who live in peace and who promote peace are considered sons of God!
Will you live in peace today?