LIVING LIFE TOGETHER AS A FAMILY
MINISTERING TO OTHERS IN JESUS' NAME
There is so much hatred being spewed in our country and around the world today. I remember when everyone talked about world peace. Children and adults wished for it. Songs were written that glorified what the world would be like if we could just all come together and get along. I don’t hear that much anymore. The only mantra I hear or read is that peace will come when those with whom we disagree are removed. Removed from the public theater, the public square and I dread to see to what extreme these ideas reach.
We are embarking on the fall season which holds a time of thanksgiving and gift giving. Eventually we will be singing about peace on earth again, but I don’t think it will happen. Not in my lifetime. Most people don’t realize that Joy to the World is not a song of Jesus’ birth but a song of the second coming of Christ to reign as King. Peace on earth will only happen when Jesus returns to establish His thousand year reign. So what do we do in the mean time? What we can have today is peace in our hearts.
When you stop and think about it, do you have peace in your heart? Really have peace? Watching the news can make you uneasy about today as well as our future. In John 14:27 Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” If Jesus leaves us with peace, how do we live in it? Galatians 5:22 tells us that peace is a gift of the Holy Spirit. So we have it if we have truly been saved. But why won’t our minds follow that spirit? Why to our bodies respond in fear? I believe the root of the issue has to do with God’s word. When we read God’s promises that information is transferred to our minds. But when we actually believe that He will keep His promises it calms our heart. When we live knowing and believing, our bodies are also at peace.
If we neglect God’s word, we are preventing God’s peace from permeating our lives. Jesus spoke many words that affect our lives. Four gospels are dedicated to what He said and how He lived. Dive in to the word and immerse yourself in it. Do you really want peace? It will only come from God’s word. The world will never figure it out and will forever be longing for it. Remember these words of Jesus in John 16:33- “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
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