The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
- Reflect On: Isaiah 32:17-18 & Philippians 4:8-9
- Praise God: For showing us the path to peace.
- Offer Thanks: For the peace you have enjoyed.
- Confess: Any tendency to rationalize behaviors that transgress God’s law.
- Ask God: To make you someone who spreads peace, not chaos.
…You and I may never be tempted to go joyriding [in a stolen vehicle], but what about other temptations—like stretching the truth to gain an advantage, or constantly yelling at our kids, or flirting with someone else’s spouse, or spending more money than we have, or spouting off just because we feel like it? What happens when these behaviors become commonplace in our society—in businesses, churches, government, and media? Inevitably, such moral failures will diminish the peace. Sometimes they will even destroy it.
God has already shown us the path of peace. We need to walk in it and pursue it with all our hearts, remembering the counsel of the prophet Isaiah, who reminds us that “the fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17).
Take some time today to pray for yourself and for your neighbors. Ask Christ to work in all hearts so that all may experience His peace.