Archive for September 26th, 2006

The Peace Within

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Today’s scripture: Galatians 5:19-25 & John 14:16-21; 26-27 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me in this passage? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts (David Zier):

When I think about peace as one of the fruits of the spirit, I first think about maintaining peace with God, by believing and trusting in God. I can say that I believe and trust in God, so does that mean I truly have the peace that Galatians is talking about? How can I really know?

Then I start thinking about my own life. How does that peace from God that Jesus leaves us with reveal itself within me? Do I maintain peace with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and all others? Wow! That really is a hard one to answer. I think I can say that I try, but I know this is something that I never really give much thought about. If I were to ask my bothers and sisters, would they tell me that they can sense the peace of Christ within me? I think I am almost afraid to ask!

But it really goes much deeper. I start to think about the insecurities I have and how I compensate for them, the times I think I come up short, and the times I think I disappoint God. It’s enough to have a big pity party and a year’s worth of bad hair days!

But then I think to myself, wait a minute! I’m allowing myself to get caught up in the things that rob me of my peace! We see in Philippians 4:7 that the peace of God is beyond all understanding and guards my heart and mind!

I maintain peace with God by believing and trusting in God. I maintain peace with my brothers and sisters by not allowing strife to be a part of my relationships with others and live as a disciple of Christ. I maintain peace with myself by refusing to live in guilt or condemnation, recognizing that God is greater than all of my sins and shortcomings.

When I turned my life over to Jesus, I put my trust in Jesus for my salvation, for how I want to live my life, and for the kind of person that I want to be. I know this doesn’t make me perfect now, but I know I can live in the peace of God. I can let go of the things that are not of God, that rob of me of my peace.

Thought for the day: Do you allow yourself to live in the peace that Jesus provides us?

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Jesus MCC’s Media Ministry Team, and the Team’s leader, Andrea Platt. They oversee all the audio and video for Sunday services, and they’re gearing up to begin webcasting.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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