Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. NIV Prince of Peace- the rule of Christ is the rule of Christ.
If I’m going to have peace, it is going to be because I am submitted to the authority of Christ in my life. Peace is always associated with authority.
Peace is not about peaceful circumstances, it is about the applied authority of Christ.
Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. NIV
He IS the KING, but do we bow to Him as OUR King?
Is He King over my life in my marriage? Is He King over my life as I parent? Is He King over my life at my workplace?
Our sinful nature resists peace.
Here are some verses on peace that give us insight as how to have it in our homes:
Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. NIV When there is strife ( some definitions: controversy, complain, debate) there will not be peace. When the proper authority in a home is not in place, it is a home in chaos and discord…no peace.
Ephesians 5:22-24 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. NIV Submission is a place of peace for a woman if she does it as unto the Lord. You can still make decisions together, it is not a dictatorship.
But we as women can get into a pattern of mothering our husbands. We treat them like one of the kids.
Most of the time, we don’t even realize we are doing it. Sometimes our husbands just fall right into place and act like one of the kids. It is a dangerous path for a marriage to take.
Proverbs 29:17 17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul. NIV A lack of peace in your home could be a lack of discipline or disciple-ing your children.
A lack of proper authority. When the kids are in authority, there is no peace.
Isaiah 26:3 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. NIV
Is my mind and thought life under the authority of Christ?
Isaiah 48:22 22 “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” NIV Peace is reserved for the Godly- let’s enjoy it!