Saturday, April 30, 2016

THE LAW OF LOVE

I challenge you to learn to live by the law of Love.  However, I do know that you can not obey these instructions perfectly without the grace of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  I hope to stir up your mind to consider how you can actively live by the law of Love. The Apostle Paul told the congregation at Corinth that Love never fails. Love never ceases to work for good. Everything that we do and say must be motivated by a perfect love. If you find that you can not obey the instructions of this lesson, please pray and ask God why you can not practice "perfect love."  

James 1:19, 20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Wrath is when anger becomes forceful and brings forth vengeance, punishment and retribution for an offense. For any person to respond with wrath must be a very rare situation. Wrath belongs to God and we must not forget what the Apostle James has written. “The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

Here is a list of actions you must think about and apply to your relationships and communications with the people in your life.

  • Start thinking about how you act; reflect upon what has just happened and how it could be improved and made more just and righteous.
  • Think about your attitude toward others at all times.
  • Ask questions when you think that you may not understand what they have said or done.
  • Be willing and ready to be patient and kind with each person in your daily life.
  • Have you expressed your love and compassion to those around you?
  • Have you proven all things, to be sure that you know the true facts?
  • Do you desire the advancement and prosperity of others?
  • The failures and errors of others may not have been intentional.
  • A different opinion may be an opportunity for you to learn a new truth.
  • Consider the tone of voice you use and how it reflects the attitude of your heart.
  • Do you speak critically, demeaning, sarcastic, disrespectful, thoughtless and careless?
  • When you pray, ask God to help you learn how to formulate comments and questions to discover the true nature of each event of your day.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13:1-13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

We must examine our own self and make sure that we are living according to the Law of Love.

1John 2:3-6
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1John 4:6-19
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
8 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Can you prove that you love God by your attitudes and actions?
Can other people see the love of God working in your attitudes and actions?

Go and bring forth fruit unto holiness and righteousness to prove that you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Sequential Components of Salvation

The plan of salvation has many divinely appointed characteristics. Some things happen instantaneously and some happen sequentially in relation to a required prerequisite. Our objective in this lesson is to present both the instantaneous and sequential components of the divine plan of salvation. I pray that those who have requested this lesson and those who have not been properly instructed will both equally benefit from this lesson.

JUSTIFICATION
Justification is the first work of grace in the plan of salvation. However, there are some prerequisite actions which must have been performed by the repenting sinner. Before a sinner can be justified in the presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, he must have truly become broken and contrite in his heart due to the personal guilt of his sins which he has willfully committed. The repenting sinner must put away pride and humbly submit himself entirely to the will of God. His desire must be to do the will of God and not his own will. The sinner must have the desire and intent to “cease from sin.”

Justification is the initial state of the born again believer. He has become a “babe” in Christ. He has confessed and forsaken all his sins. He has made himself a sacrifice to henceforth and forever be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. The justified person has been pardoned by God because the blood of Jesus Christ has been applied to his debt of sin. As a new convert to the family of God, he is given the grace of justification which enables him to say “NO!” to temptation and keep himself un-spotted from the evil works of sin. Grace is the divine influence of God upon the heart which enables the child of God to manifest the holiness of God outwardly in his conduct. There is power and ability in the grace of justification. The new convert has the mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit is with him. The perfect will of God will be obtained later when the justified person is filled with the Holy Spirit (baptized with the Holy Spirit) and become a partaker of God's divine nature.

Consider some passages of Scriptures which teach us about Justificaiton.

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

God will not help you; God will not instruct you; God will not forgive you; except you come to Him in humility. The humble person understands that he is not able to be morally good without God's assistance and grace. The humble person is not proud or arrogant. The humble person is able to recognize when he needs help and willingly and thankfully submits to being helped by another person. The humble person will have godly sorrow and a broken and contrite heart for the sins and errors which he has committed. He will desire to make restitution and be reconciled to those whom he has offended. You will not enjoy the grace of justification if you are not willing to make restitution and be reconciled to those whom you have offended or robbed of their resources or reputation.

Not only must a person be sorrowful and full of grief for the sins which he has committed, he must also repent and turn away from those evil and sinful ways. Humility is an important and essential part of repentance. Repentance is more than confession and it must be free from hypocrisy. Repentance must be both sincere and fully inclusive of all sinful acts and attitudes.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

You can not become part of the family of God or become a child of God except you first repent of all your sins. It is vitally important that you fully understand what repentance means and do it.

After you repent and God has forgiven, you will wholeheartedly desire to do the perfect will of God and do all those things which He commands you to do. The understanding of the will of God comes through the study of the Bible, Holy Spirit revelations and the preaching of the gospel by a true man of God who is full of faith and filled with the Holy Spirit. You, as a believer, will not resist the truth and the commandments of God.

If you find yourself resisting and refusing the commandments of God, then you can be sure that you have allowed selfishness and pride to rule in your heart and you are not saved. The grace of God that comes with repentance and forgiveness is powerful to the cleansing of all personal sins. The child of God is able to resist temptation and keep himself free from sin. However, the carnal nature remains in the heart and soul of the babe in Christ. If this defect of nature is not purged and healed, it will eventually spoil obedience and cause the child of God to fall back into disobedience which is sin.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-4
1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

This second work of grace is what makes the New Testament plan of Salvation a better covenant than that of the Old Testament. To fail to obtain the grace of entire sanctification is a failure to obtain the precious gift for which Jesus Christ shed His blood, suffered on the cross and gave His life. Jesus came and gave His life so that we could have this holy and blameless relationship with the Holy Trinity and all the Family of God.

Consider the following scriptural example of people being sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit after they were baptized in water. Remember, in the church of God, we do not intentionally and knowingly baptize sinners.

Act 8:12-16
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Act 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Notice the sequence of events which happened in Samaria:
  1. They believed the gospel of Jesus Christ; faith, acceptance, obedience.
  2. They were baptized (immersed) in water as a witness to faith in Christ.
  3. The people were instructed in the doctrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
  4. The apostles laid hand on the believers.
  5. They were filled with the Holy Spirit – sanctified, purged, perfected.

Notice in the following scripture that these believers were sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit and then participated in water baptism.

Acts10:44-48
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Justification is the first work of grace which is given to the believer. Baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit occurs after the believer has accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ. Water baptism may occur before or after a believer has been sanctified by the Holy Spirit. When the knowledge of the need embraces the knowledge of the gift, then the believer must ask for and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. If after a person has been justified, he would refuse to be sanctified, then his refusal would be disobedience and he would lose his justification.

Have you repented?
Have you been forgiven, pardoned and justified?
Have you been sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit?
Have you been baptized in water as a testimony of your faith in Jesus?
Are you willing to humble yourself and walk in the light of truth?

ONLY THE HUMBLE WALK WITH GOD.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HERESY AND HERETICKS

Many people in the world today believe that Christians should be tolerant to every wicked person regardless of how wicked and abominable that person's conduct may be. These people who promote the position of tolerance for evil conduct do not know or understand the doctrines of the Christian faith. Since they do not have the mind of Christ, they do not make righteous judgments. People ought to study the Bible and know what God has spoken to His people. We are opposed to every evil way. And there are some evil deeds which should be rebuked with all authority.

Titus 3:10-11
10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

How do we treat a man or woman who is a heretick? We do not treat them with violence or physical revenge. We do desire that they come to a knowledge of their wickedness and repent. We wish they would repent and be saved from all their sins; however, we must stand firmly against their heresy and their false doctrine. After we have instructed them at least twice, to teach them to turn from their false doctrine, we ought to reject them and not receive them as a child of God. A true child of God has the mind of Christ and is easily entreated.

WARNING:  Some congregations and fellowships have used this scripture to  excommunicate someone from their group without a proven sin charge of heresy.  To cut some member of the body off without a proven sin charge is a terrible sin itself.  Heresy is only one sin among many.  

The early morning church and every church age since the day of Pentecost has had to deal with those who opposed the truth and would not be corrected in their doctrinal error.

2 Timothy 2:23-26
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Notice that the apostle Paul told Timothy to instruct those that oppose themselves with meekness. The heretic is not only hurting others, he is also hurting himself; bringing upon himself deception and destruction. The sanctified minister will be able to be gentle unto all men. A true minister has control of his emotions and attitudes so that he can teach others without being the one who causes division. If the person who has erred in doctrine will listen to righteous counsel, he will allow his “wood, hay and stubble” to be burned in the furnace, of righteous judgment and holiness, which is in Zion.

A heretic is a person who opposes a fundamental and essential doctrine of the plan of salvation. The fundamental and essential doctrines which build the church of God to be a strong and acceptable dwelling place for the Holy Spirit are: Repentance, Justification, Baptism by immersion in water, Baptism of the Holy Spirit (i.e. sanctification as a definite second cleansing to purge the carnal nature), the Unity of all Christian believers and Divine Healing.

We should separate ourselves from some people who will not acknowledge the truth and will not conform to the truth. If we tolerate every evil person and allow them to have influence in the congregation, they will bring a reproach upon the congregation.  There is much confusion in the world today because so many pastors have tolerated sinful conduct in their midst.

2 Timothy 2:15-18
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Paul publicly and in historical documentation identified two ministers who had erred from the truth in that they had been deceived into believing that the final resurrection of the dead had already passed. Perhaps they had accepted this erroneous belief because of the testimonies of those who had been resurrected at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ when the deceased saints came out of the graves and went into the city of Jerusalem. Nevertheless Paul said that their word will eat as doth a canker because it contradicts the future resurrection which will take place at the time of Jesus' second coming.

2 Timothy 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Paul names two men who backslid in the country of Asia. In his Pauline letters to various congregations, we are clearly instructed to avoid such backsliders who oppose the truth. Make sure you are avoiding the person who has become an opposer of truth, and not someone who has stood for truth and been rejected without just cause.  

Romans 16:17-18 
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

How do we obey this scripture? Should we name people by name who cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine? Should we avoid some people? If we keep the right attitude with humility and meekness, we can obey these instructions and still be a peacemaker. Christian ministers are called to teach and to warn the people. We do not sit in the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. He is the judge of all souls. However, there are times when Jesus and the Holy Spirit tell us to avoid certain persons.

3 John 1:9-10
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

The apostle John also named an individual in his letter to the church. A man named Diotrephes had become proud and preeminent.  He had begun to judge people, condemn them and cast them out of the church. This backslidden minister had also spoken against John with malicious words and undoubtedly given a false report against John.

We see by the scriptures that it is not wrong to identify men and women who get out of order and cause division and strife in the congregations. Heretics should be marked and avoided after they have been ministered to on at least two occasions.

Peter caused a division in the congregation at Antioch. But, when the apostle Paul corrected him, Peter evidently submitted to the godly counsel of Paul and the situation was resolved. Peter was mistaken in his administration but he submitted to godly counsel, which resulted in unity, not division.

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

Demas disagreed with the apostle Paul and instead of being corrected, he left the work and fellowship of Paul and those who were working with Paul. When you learn that you have been wrong in judgment can you be humble and receive correction; or, will you oppose the truth and become a heretic?


Saturday, April 9, 2016

THE WAY OF PEACE

Satan is our enemy. He has come to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants you to be in a continual struggle. He hopes that you will get tired, faint, give up and let him steal your peace, kill your salvation and destroy your soul. God does not want you to be in a constant, continual struggle with the Devil. If you will resist the Devil by faith and obedience, Satan will flee from you and you will have enjoyable, lengthy, peaceable times with Jesus Christ without the harassment of the Devil.

James 4:6-7
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

It is very important that you believe what James has written for our comfort and for our victorious faith. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” That is a confidence which we all must enjoy. Perhaps you do not yet fully understand it, but it is important that you believe God's word.

Philippians 4:4
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

The gift of salvation does not come with fear and worry and troubles every day. If you will believe, you can have a peace which passes understanding. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the “God of peace.” He has defeated Satan. He has overcome every temptation which Satan brought against Him. He knows what you are going through and He is able to strengthen you with His grace so that you can also enjoy this great victory and peace.

My friend, if you are constantly stressed, worried and overly anxious, you need to rebuke the Devil and let the peace of God come into your soul and give you rest.

Hebrews 4:1-6
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

God wants you to fight the good fight of faith, defeat the Devil and then enjoy your rest. Enjoy the peace of God that comes from knowing that you have won the victory over your adversary the Devil. Satan is a defeated foe. Rejoice and be happy.

Luke 1:73-79
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Are you walking in the way of peace? Do you fret, worry and doubt whether or not you can stay saved? God forbid. It must not be so. We have left the sinful city of destruction and we now live in the New Jerusalem, the city of peace. Has God told us all these things in vain? Do we not have access to what God has promised?

John 14:26-27
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Have you been sanctified and cleansed of that carnal nature which continually pulls at your heart to not believe God or trust God? If you have not received the Holy Spirit in sanctification, then you have not entered that rest which the apostle Paul wrote about in the book of Hebrews.

Act 10:34-36
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

God's ministers are still preaching peace by Jesus Christ. Will you believe it and will you receive it? Satan will resist you, but you must resist him. Satan will send false witnesses to tell you that there is no peace in this world. Because they have not been delivered from the bondage of their sins, they do not know the way of peace.

Romans 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:

Romans 10:13-15
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 14:17-19
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

If you are confused about this subject, then know that your confusion is of the Devil. It is not because of the teachings of God.
1Cointhians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The heavenly characteristic of peace is part of the evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit and bearing the fruit of the Spirit.

2Cointhians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

We must not live in fear. We must live in peace, if we are to have a godly influence on those who watch our conduct. Why should someone want what we have if we are always fretting and worrying.

LIVE IN PEACE.” Thank the Lord. We have peace, because we live and reign with the Prince of Peace. Don't let Satan cause you to doubt the reality of the way of peace. Jesus gave His life so that you could have peace.