Thursday, February 19, 2015
Flying with Thursday's Word by Brenda Smith
Peace of mind is what we all seem to crave, want, and need. But, is it possible to have peace in this world? This world in which we live is so full of chaos, troubles, struggles, and at times it seems hopeless to even think we can have such a thing as peace. What is peace? The normal, non-warring condition of a nation. The normal freedom from civil commotion and violence. State of mutual harmony between people. So....it is normal for us to crave peace and to want peace in our lives. Illusive though it may seem (deceptive or unreal), our soul yearns for peace.
Can we really have peace of mind in this world? "Yes", we can. But, we can only have this peace and we can only find this peace in Jesus Christ. Peace is our legacy given to us by Jesus himself. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: Not as the world giveth, give I unto you." (John 14:27) He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and His gospel is the "gospel of peace." Why? Becaue He is the author of peace. Our peace does not come from what or who we are, but from what God has already done. How he has justified us in response to our faith. How much we grow each time we come through a TRIAL. How we are more willing to share our testimony when he has delivered us from out of our pit. How we are glad to raise our hands in praise and lift our voices in thanksgiving when we remember that Only God could have brought us through.
Many people crave peace, want peace, desire peace, but they are not willing to do what it takes to ensure peace. They want the good benefits that peace brings, but want it without having to do the work that it requires to achieve peace. Peace involves treating people right, loving those we consider unloveable, studying the Word of God, and having a forgiving heart. We must put into practice all these things that Paul spoke of in (Philippians 4:7, 9) "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. Those things which yea have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, DO: and the God of Peace shall be with you."