When We Prefer Peace
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25
Before most of us grew up, we wanted all the attention; needed to be right, even at the expense of friendship; we had to be first, even if it cost us our integrity; and it was the front seat or we’d make it a miserable trip. All of those desires, from our younger years, seemed like a good idea. Seriously, who really wants to be wrong, second or sit in the back? But as we mature, especially in the Lord, we develop a whole different set of ideals.
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” Proverbs 17:1
Our preference for peace begins to outweigh being right, first or front and center. Solomon’s word ring true, stale bread with peace is better than a full spread with strife. As our maturity level grows, tolerance for conflicts will diminish. This is when we are on the path to peace.
Money shouldnt sit in the front seat.
“Better” not only means good, but to be well. We can be fit, but not be healthy; have lots of money and not be rich; and attain many friends, but no relationships. Peace is better (best, bountiful), but it is not automatic, nor does it come to us by accident, it must be opted for.
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…” I Thessalonians 4:11
We Become Peace makers…
“Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” Proverbs 22:10
Unfortunately, there are people in the world (in your life) who prefer, even enjoy conflict. They love to disrupt their circles of influence by being agitators (good in washing machines - bad for relationships) and not lubricators. The first step to living in peace is do not be an agitator. Step two, using boundaries, we limit an agitators access.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18
What separates us from everything else God created is we were made in His image. What else separates us is the fact that Jesus died on a cross for us. Even angels are sent to us as ministering spirits. Given this, what could matter more to God than people? God loves people so much that the very least we can do is get along with each other.
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
from sermon notes 2/13/2022