Choosing Joy- Pursuing Peace


sad facesLast week we raised the question without the answer… How do we stand firm in our peace in Christ when we have genuine disagreements amongst ourselves? One of the joy killers for Christ followers is tension between fellow believers. Sometimes low grade frustration over personalities or other differences push us apart or drive us to open conflict.

Here are the answers we discovered in Philippians 4.

Col. 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 

BOTTOM LINE: Keep Your Heart Anchored in Jesus as Lord.

Phil. 4:1-3 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

Be a Peacemaker within Your Church Family. Phil 4:2-3

1John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Col 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Cf. Col 3:12, 1Thes 5:13, 1Pet 4:8 & Rom 15:5-7

The problem is that conflict is possible among faithful, mature believers. But the truth is that we are to help each other live in harmony.

Remember Your Shared Mission in Christ. Phil 4:2-3

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Phil 1:27  Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; Cf. Phil 2:2, Jn 13:34-35 Rom 12:4-5

The problem is that believers’ conflict dishonors Jesus’ reputation among those who need Him most. But the truth is that growing disciples work hard to embrace Jesus’ mission.

Remember Your Shared Destiny in Christ. Phil 4:2-3

1Cor 12:12-14 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Cf. Eph. 4:1-6

The problem is that we often act as if we are the only ones that really understand Jesus & eternal life. But the truth is that ALL Believers share the life of Christ.

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