God created man to live with Him. But they became disobedient and they did not follow the Lord’s commandment. This is the sin in the Lord’s eyes and this sin made them separate from God.
The Bible explains how our first parents rejected God’s peaceful way and were deceived into accepting the deadly, destructive way foisted on humanity by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. And ever since, violence and war have been the result of this wrong, selfish way of thinking.
The Bible tells us that Satan, humanity’s greatest adversary, currently rules this world, and broadcasts his attitudes of hate and violence into the minds of men (Bible, Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9). His influence helps amplify our natural selfishness to a fevered pitch.
“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (Bible, James 4:1).
But LOrd desires the opposite attitude for His followers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Bible, Matthew 5:9).
God has lived the way of peace for eternity, and He wants His children to learn that way to enjoy its benefits and to become like Him.
There are four ways to have peace:
1. Obey God’s law of love.
“Great peace have those who love the Lord’s law, and nothing causes them to stumble” (Bible, Psalm 119:165).
God’s law is the basis of all right relationships—showing us how to love God and love our fellow humans (Bible, Matthew 22:37-40). Being a peacemaker requires not just thinking, but acting. And the letter and spirit of God’s law shows us how to act in a way that produces peace (Bible, Matthew 5:21-26, 38-48).
Bible, Romans prophesied some of the elements of this way of peace, it is as below:
“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.
“Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Bible, Romans 12:16-21).
Striving to live in harmony, not allowing pride to stir up conflicts, leaving revenge to God, serving our enemies—these are challenging assignments, but they are essential to the way of peace.
Many other biblical passages detail the attitude and approach of the peacemaker.
2. Grow in godly wisdom.
Bible, James prophesied, wars come from our selfish desires and gave more information about the way of peace.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (Bible, James 3:17-18).
James used eight Greek words here to describe the wisdom that comes from above, and they each counteract the type of worldly wisdom that is “full of bitter envy and self-seeking” (Bible, James 3:14) that leads to confusion, fights and war. Let’s focus on the Greek word irenics, the second word in the list, the one translated “peaceable.” Its root word, when it is used of men, basically means right relationships between man and man, and between man and God.
What does James mean by: “The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”?
“Let us remember that peace, eirene, means right relationships between man and man. So, then, what James is saying is this, ‘We are all trying to reap the harvest which a good life brings. But the seeds which bring the rich harvest can never flourish in any atmosphere other than one of right relationships between man and man. And the only people who can sow these seeds and reap the reward are those whose life work it has been to produce such right relationships.’ That is to say, nothing good can ever grow in an atmosphere where men are at variance with one another. A group where there is bitterness and strife is a barren soil in which the seeds of righteousness can never grow and out of which no reward can ever come.”
3. Grow in godly love.
Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 has prophesied for peace. All 15 of the elements of love described in verses 4-7 are worthy of intense study. But let’s focus on two of them. Bible, 1 Corinthians 13: 5 says love “does not behave gracelessly; it does not insist on its rights; it never flies into a temper; it does not store up the memory of any wrong it has received.”
Here’s what he says about “love never flies into a temper.” “The real meaning of this is that true love never becomes exasperated with people. Exasperation is always a sign of defeat. When we lose our tempers, we lose everything. It has prophesied that it was the test of a man if he could keep his head when everyone else was losing his and blaming it on him, and if when he was hated he did not give way to hating. The man who is master of his temper can be master of anything.”
Love does not store up the memory of any wrong it has received. The word translated store up is an accountant’s word. It is the word used for entering an item in a ledger so that it will not be forgotten. That is precisely what so many people do. One of the great arts in life is to learn what to forget. … Many people nurse their wrath to keep it warm; they brood over their wrongs until it is impossible to forget them. God’s love has to learn the great lesson of forgetting.
If we learn these lessons of love, of controlling our tempers and fighting the desire for revenge, we will be able to practice and later to teach these essential components of the way of peace.
Anger and revenge lie behind so many of the fights and wars going on in the world today. What if one asked us to stand between the warring factions in areas like the Holy Land, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria or South Sudan? We need to understand these biblical principles so we can help others learn to calm their anger and put away their generations-long cycle of revenge.
4. Seek the mind of Lord.
Bible, Philippians 2:3-5 prophesied about the Human relations “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Lord.”
The way of peace, coupled with the justice and mercy of God’s government in the coming Kingdom of God, will provide effective conflict resolution on the personal and national level. Ultimately, every conflict can have a solution that will benefit all parties for eternity.
We can learn from those who have met the challenge of reaching workable solutions in conflict resolution.
Think about when Abraham and lot had become prosperous, and their herds began competing for the grazing land. There was strife between the herdsmen of Abraham and the herdsmen of lot. So Abraham gave lot first choice of the land! That sounds like an inequitable solution, but God made it work out for the good for Abraham as well because of his desire for peace and his generosity. (Bible, Genesis 13:1-17.)
God’s desire is to bless His people with peace. (Bible, Psalm 29:11) But the problem is, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Bible, Romans 3:23). Since God is the One who gives us peace, sin separates us from the Source of our peace. If sin is within us, we cannot receive peace from God. Since, God loves you, He wants you to know Him so He can fill you with peace and give you real life.
God gives peace to the sinful and for that you must confess your sins to God and ask Him to forgive you and to help you change your ways.
Lord said in Gita 11:54 – Only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Now question is “what is the way of doing undivided devotional service?”
There are six way of doing undivided devotional service:-
(1) Pray to the God (प्रार्थना) (2) Worship (पूजा) (3) Praise the God (स्तुति) (4) Kirtan (कीर्तन) (5) Listening Katha (कथा श्रवण) (6) Remember (स्मरण)
(1) Pray to the God (प्रार्थना): Remember to God in Brahm Muhurt as you get up, give thanks to Him and praise Him desire-free.(Shrimad Bhagawatam Maha Puran 7 ;10:9)
(2) Worship (पूजा): After taking bath, pray to God desire-free and remember His roopam. Those who are praying to God for fulfilling their desire, are a complete businessman and their attitude are giving & taking . (Shrimad Bhagawatam Maha Puran 7 ;10:1-4)
(3)Praise the God (स्तुति) : Praise the God and tell Him – O! Lord, I am giving you thanks because You have called me.
(4) Kirtan (कीर्तन) : Do kirtan by using the name of God in disturb-free place.
(5) Listening Katha (कथा श्रवण) : For this attend the of Saga.
(6)Remember (स्मरण) : Offer your all karma in Lord alone (Gita 9:27-28; Shrimad Bhagawatam Maha Puran 1;5 :32,34)