Peace with the God of Peace

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14 ESV)

 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.   (Romans 5:1 ESV)

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9 ESV)

“The heart of God which burns with righteousness and holiness also burns with love and mercy, grace and forgiveness.  He who is righteous, and desires righteousness for his children, makes them righteous by imputation and by impartation through his redeeming love.  To our amazement we discover that the rock of his law and truth, which is so hard on the surface, is molten underneath with his love.”  (William Still, Towards Spiritual Maturity, ch1, He is our Peace)

I’m grateful for the Cross, by which my peace(seed) with God was purchased and provided by Jesus Christ so that now I do not need to fear God’s wrath toward me… I am justified fully through His blood.  And now I press on to know Him, this God of Peace, and I receive and enjoy His peace(fruit).  Help me Lord.

“Righteousness with God in not only a rule, but his life and passion.  He rejoices in it so much that he desires for his creatures, and that, not only for its own sake as a seed, but for its fruit which is peace.” (William Still)

 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,   and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. (Isaiah 32:17 ESV)

 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:11-14 ESV)

P.S.  I just started reading this little book… “Towards Spiritual Maturity – Overcoming all evil in the Christian life”, William Still.  Here’s a brief comment from Sinclair B. Ferguson (of whom William Still was a signficant mentor),

“…for some this little book may even prove to be a life-saver and a restoration of Christian stability and sanity.”

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