“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).

Being and joyful and experiencing peace are but the byproducts of a faith tracking upward in maturity; that is confident in the claims of the gospel, and shares a deep-driving conviction regarding the mission of the church. These are the prevailing premises of the promised peace that God desires to give. Where they are absent the promise goes unfulfilled.

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