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Peace Is Love's Security (3 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:1-2; 14:17-18; Colossians 3:15; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7
INTRO: The word "PEACE" brings to mind several images:
a. The handshake between two enemies, or a treaty
b. The laying down of arms
c. The sunset on a quiet beach
d. The lack of disturbances
e. The opportunity to be constructive instead of destructive
f. The freedom from strife and worry
g. Security against all enemies
"PEACE" is a goal which mankind has fought wars over! There have been treaties made time and time again to hopefully ensure "PEACE," yet so many times these treaties are violated and short lived.
It seems that everyone wants "PEACE" and yet so few ever find it. We have weapons of mass destruction in the hopes that their existence alone will keep the peace, this is peace lived in the shadow of horrible darkness … (called: "MAD" - "Mutually Assured Destruction!") a very different kind of "PEACE" than God offers.
This world's peace is based on the fear of mutual destruction; God's peace is based on the power of love and His Spirit at work in our hearts. This kind of peace is so different from the world because it is not temporary but permanent; it is internally rather than externally based.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that "PEACE" is an inward quality of the fruit of the Spirit, and that even in difficult circumstances it is alive in our hearts as evidence of the work of the Spirit in us.
I. SECURITY FROM GUILT Rom. 5:1-2; Col. 3:15
A. Sin's Ruin Rom. 5:1-2
1. When we came to Christ and had our sins forgiven we experienced something the world has a difficult time comprehending … "PEACE WITH GOD"
a. Paul states this clearly in this passage, having been justified by faith we now have "peace with God."
b. We are secure in the knowledge that God is now our Lord; He has cleansed us from all our sins, indeed we are in His favor!
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