Peace is not a complicated thing to obtain. God was very clear that peace is what He is about. He does not want disorder and calamity for us. He wants our lives to be tranquil and undisturbed. However, we cannot have peace in our lives without Him. He is the requirement for peace to be present and stay with us. It is the same for every person around the world. We must start with Him, continue with Him and always be with Him in order to have consistent access to peace. This is an incredible way to worship Him. Being with Him so that He can give us peace is the best thing we can do for Him. (see Romans 12:1-2)
1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV
We are called to be examples of the life God wants for all of us. He is peace. Thus, we would do well to be His peacemakers. When we let our lives become the example to others of what life can be like with God, we bring more people to Him. We are blessed by God to show others how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. When we follow His ways of being we are able to truly discover who we really are. God has a calling for each of us and wants to use us for the purposes He created us for. Through being at peace with each other, we learn the art of humility and are able to be used by Him. Of course we want peaceful lives. We should also want blessed lives.
Matthew 5:9 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- Do you find peace complicated to have? Write down why you feel this way and what peace means to you.
- Do you feel like a peacemaker in your life? Write down what keeping the peace looks like to you in your daily interactions.
A Story of Blessings:
I used to force everything in my life. I thought I had to fight and claw my way through anything I wanted. I was convinced that the world was against me. I treated everyone like an obstacle that needed to be overcome. This led to even my husband telling me that he felt sorry for those that had to interact with me if they didn’t give me the answer I wanted.
I remember one day thinking, “I am so tired. Why do I have to do everything for everyone?” In that moment I felt God looking at me and He said, “You don’t have to do everything. Let it go.” It was such a foreign concept, but it also felt relieving. I didn’t have to do everything. I could let go. The biggest realization was feeling that God would help me.
From that moment on I have looked at every interaction as an opportunity to keep the peace with others. Instead of looking at people as obstacles I have to barrel through to get my way, I look at them as my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. When I see them this way, I only want to show them God. God is peace, so I must keep the peace. These opportunities humble me and bring me closer to God. His blessings pour out more now than ever before.
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