• Peace and Mutual Upbuilding Devotional

    Romans 14:19

    Paul’s call for mutual peace and upbuilding is directed primarily to the strong Christians in Rome as an appeal for them to act in such a way that would benefit the immature. Still, its inclusion in a letter addressed to the entire church means he wanted weaker believers to hear it also. They, too, were to strive for mutual upbuilding, not imposing their views regarding indifferent matters on others. Today this mandate is still in force for believers at every stage of the Christian walk. View Resource

  • Righteousness, Peace, and Joy Devotional

    Romans 14:17–18

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “Life in the kingdom is about loving the things of God and loving those for whom Christ died. That is the recipe for mature Christian unity.” When we keep in first place the obligation to love one another out of thankfulness to God for our salvation, the trivial things that divide us will fade away. Let us seek to love others who are in Christ that we might promote the peace and purity of the church. View Resource

  • Peace with God Devotional

    Romans 5:1

    Perhaps the most important thing to understand about shalom is that it can never be lost. Jesus has not brokered a fragile cease-fire with God, such that full-scale conflagration can erupt at the slightest provocation. Instead, He has brought us a peace that can never be lost. If we are truly in Christ, we will never become His enemies again. Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary on Romans, “Christ is our peace, so for us there is no more war with God.” View Resource

  • Joy and Peace Devotional

    Galatians 5:22–23

    John says we should not be surprised that the world hates us (1 John 3:13). Still, we do not have license to give the world rational reasons to oppose us. We can do nothing about the irrational opposition unbelievers may have toward us because we love Christ, but we can refuse to add fuel to the fire through our own sinful belligerence and temper tantrums when things do not go our way. Let us not pick unnecessary fights but, as we are able, live at peace with all people. View Resource

  • Prayer and Peace Devotional

    Philippians 4:5b–7

    Matthew Henry comments, “When anything burdens our spirits, we must ease our minds by prayer; when our affairs are perplexed or distressed, we must seek direction and support.” A consistent prayer life increases our peace about the Lord’s sovereign provision as we trust in God and not in our own plans. Let us always remember that God enjoys communing with us in prayer but that He has the right to answer our prayer as He will. View Resource

  • Blessed are the Peacemakers Devotional

    Matthew 5:9

    It is important to note that the peacemaking that reveals our status as God’s children is peacemaking concerned to promote an authentic, holy peace. The false prophets of Israel promised a fake, ungodly peace, and many people today want to paper over real differences and make light of ungodliness in the interest of “peace.” Let us never attempt to make this type of false, temporary peace between others. View Resource

  • The Peace and Purity of the Church Devotional

    Ephesians 6:23–24

    Take time today to read back through Ephesians and thank God for what we have learned. Ask Him to make you more loving and more willing to stand for the essential truths of the Christian faith. Also, ask Him that you would be willing and able to serve as a model to other believers as one who promotes with fervor the church’s peace and purity. Seek the help of other Christians in working to foster unity and truth in Christ’s body. View Resource

  • Making Known God’s Manifold Wisdom Devotional

    Ephesians 3:10

    A church unified in the truth and in love is one of the most powerful displays of God’s glory to all of creation. We should therefore strive to bear with one another’s failings and endeavor to study the Word together diligently that we might achieve this aim of biblical unity. Ask the Lord to help you promote the peace and purity of the church and to give you the desire to seek always to love your brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as the truth of His Word. View Resource

  • The Preaching of Peace Devotional

    Ephesians 2:17

    Peace between God and humanity is not a given. It took the sacrifice of God the Son to achieve it, and it requires personal faith in the Son of God for us to enjoy it. Are you at peace with God? If you believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you can be assured that God is at peace with you. If you are not a Christian, you must repent and believe today if you want to find peace with our most holy Creator. View Resource

  • The One New Man Devotional

    Ephesians 2:15-16

    John Chrysostom, the ancient bishop of Constantinople, writes, “The Greek does not have to become a Jew. Rather both enter into a new condition. His aim is not to bring Greek believers into being as different kinds of Jews but rather to create both anew” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 132). Racism and other forms of ethnic strife have no place in the church, for we are all one man in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Paul’s Partners and Friends Devotional

    Colossians 4:10-11

    As much as it depends on us, we should always seek to be reconciled to those with whom we are at odds, especially if they are believers in Jesus. Of course, there will be some occasions when our offer of reconciliation will be rejected, but that does not mean we should not attempt it or do what we can to make amends if we are in the wrong. May we be models of reconciliation in the church and in the world. View Resource

  • The Love and Peace of Christ Devotional

    Colossians 3:14-15

    When church elders, committees, and other bodies need to make a decision, their choice should in large measure be based upon what will bring peace to the church in the matter without compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Similarly, as individuals in the body, we are to make choices about what we do and say based on whether or not these actions will bring peace or create unnecessary conflict. View Resource

  • Peace with God Devotional

    Romans 5:1–11

    In the new covenant era, Isaiah 52:7 is fulfilled in the work of God’s people as they publish news of peace with Him across the world (Rom. 10:15). All of us who have found peace with God through His Son Jesus Christ should be ready to announce the way of God’s peace to the people around us. Are you prepared to show from Scripture that all men outside of Jesus are at enmity with the Creator and that peace can be found only in Jesus? View Resource

  • Peace with God Devotional

    Romans 5:1–11

    Being forgiven and set free from bondage to sin are not the only benefits we receive from being justified in the sight of God; we also receive peace with Him. If you have trusted in Christ alone for salvation, the Lord will discipline you as His child (Heb. 12:5–6), but His wrath has been turned away from you. Is God at peace with you? If you have never believed on Jesus, do so today, and you will have peace. Go spread the news of this peace to friends and family. View Resource

  • Peace With God Devotional

    Romans 5:1–2

    Before we came to know Jesus we were at enmity with God. We sought only to war against Him and to become independent of His sovereign rule. However, once we came to know Christ and to trust in Him alone, God made peace with us. In Jesus, He did all the work necessary to end the war with us. Let us therefore offer praise to His name because instead of giving us the punishment we deserve, He poured out His wrath on His Son so that we could know His peace. View Resource