SOWERS OF PEACE
AND THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SOWN IN PEACE OF THEM THAT MAKE PEACE.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago there are certain principles which cannot be overturned by men. Paul says in the scriptures, "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Gal 6:7). This is one of those principles. He goes on to expound and explain this principle as it relates to the fleshly and spiritual realms. If a man sows the corruptible seed of the flesh then he will reap the fruit of the flesh’s corruption. If, however, he sows that incorruptible seed of the spirit, then he will reap the fruit of the blessing which is attached to that which is spiritual. A man cannot expect to enjoy the fruits and enjoyments of righteousness when he is continually sowing wickedness and disobedience.(see Isa.48:22) At the same time he can have the expectation of that joyous fruit when the seed of righteousness is continually planted. (see Rom.6:13-
The word peace occurs 111 times in the New Testament. It would be safe to say, then that the scriptures have a lot to say about "peace". The scripture basically speaks of three kinds of peace:
1. Peace with GOD. We are brought into a knowledge of this peace which is accomplished totally outside of ourselves by the work of JESUS CHRIST in our behalf. "For it pleased the FATHER that in HIM should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of HIS cross, by HIM to reconcile all things unto HIMSELF; by HIM, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col 1:19-
2. Peace within ourselves. Having been enlightened by the HOLY GHOST as to that which CHRIST has procured for us we are brought to a place of enjoyment of that peace as the SPIRIT causes us to walk in fellowship with CHRIST. "And the peace of GOD, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS." (Phil 4:7) " But the fruit of the SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." (Gal 5:22) Not only are we given the gift of peace as it relates to reconciliation with the FATHER but over the course of time we are led into the peace of being able to trust HIS providence. David, a man after GOD’s own heart said of the godly man, "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. " (Psalms 112:7) Greater peace is enjoyed as we learn to trust HIM more. "THOU wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on THEE: because he trusteth in THEE." (Isaiah 26:3) A fuller revelation of GOD’s sovereignty causes a man to be at peace as he comes to a clearer knowledge that the ONE who is our FATHER says, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things " (Isaiah 45:7) Can anything harm us or keep us back from that which GOD in HIS infinite mercy has ordained for us?
3. Peace with our fellow men. Just as surely as GOD is absolutely sovereign, and supplying of the grounds and support of our peace with HIM and also in the working of that peace within us, we are responsible for seeking to walk in peace with our brethren in the flesh. "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. " (Romans 12:17-