Key Verse: Verse 18 – “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
Key Words: fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
Simply stated, you cannot have peace without righteousness. All one has to do is look in God’s Word. Adam and Eve had no peace because they lacked righteousness. Jonah lacked peace because righteousness was missing in his life. Peter lacked peace when he lied on three occasions about not knowing Jesus.
Imagine a man who has been in an automobile accident. His leg is twisted out of its socket, and the bone is broken. He tells the doctor, “Give me a sedative quickly so that I can be at peace and rest. I want to sleep. Just give me a drug and go away and leave me.” What a fool he would be. No man in his right mind would say such a thing, and yet millions are searching for some opiate of peace without righteousness. The doctor must set the fracture and put the leg back in its socket. Then nature will take its course, and only then will he know healing and peace.
It is certainly thus in the sequence of God’s dealing with man. God simply will not allow any man to know true peace until that man first possess divine righteousness. One reason for the terrible frustration of mankind is that peace and joy are sought without righteousness. But without the righteousness of God there can be no peace, and without the peace of God there can be no joy.
What to do:
✞It’s simple: if you want peace, there must be righteousness in your life.
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