Peace is crucial to having a fulfilling life. There will always be things in this world trying to steal our peace. If we are not proactive and just sit passively, we will live a life of anxiety and fear. The moment peace is removed we get into emotions. Emotions are up and down and are unpredictable. We start making bad decisions and saying a bunch of stuff we should not say.
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If you have accepted Christ into your heart, submitting to His authority, I have great news for you. You have peace! In John 14:27 it says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” That means if God lives in you, you have peace! It may be a mature sequoia tree or a little mustard seed, but if you are born again peace is in you. God will work with you daily if you call out to Him to help you.
There are three areas we need peace. Peace with others, peace with ourselves, and peace with God. We all have strengths and weaknesses. If we are going to be in relationships with anyone they will annoy and irritate you in one way or the other. We need to see the good in each other looking past the faults.
My biggest struggle is peace with myself. If you can’t look yourself in the mirror without liking the person in the reflection, it is a bad sign. One of my mentors pointed out to me that when you sin and then beat yourself up over how dumb you are to still struggle with that, you are sinning again because you are cursing God’s creation which is yourself. I love that and I’m asking God to change me. He’s changing me and I have much more peace with myself.
If you can’t admit that God is God and you are not, you will never have peace. You don’t need to have all the answers. I over reason things. Don’t fall into this trap. When we are constantly reasoning and trying to plan exactly how everything will go we are trying to be God. I don’t know why bad things happen, but what I do know is God is God and I am not. I will ask a lot of questions when I get to the other side. Until then I choose to believe Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
All of these are areas in which we need to be pursuers of peace. If anyone of them is not at peace we can feel it. We will be running around with a clenched jaw mad at the world and not knowing why. What is your peace worth? I would say it’s worth way more than the time we give it. Let’s be pursuers of peace. Peace is something the world cannot offer. Full peace is something indescribable until you are in it. It is that calm in the midst of the storm. Shalom and be blessed.
What are some practical things you do to keep your PEACE?