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Week Four - Peace Calms Storms - Day 3
Today our challenge lies very little in the outward seeking of peace, but rather the inward pursuit of peace. Yes we can serve in our communities and world, try to live at peace with those around us and speak on peace every chance we get. There is however a greater peace to pursue, that is the inward peace God gives. Peter quotes part of Psalm 32 in the following passage that is in this day of going deeper. Please read it and pray for the revelation of God within its words.
"To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. For, Let him who means to love life and see good days Refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. And let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 1 Peter 3:8-18
Now may I please refer to the one and only place true peace comes from. "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart" That inward peace we desire and long for maybe even whether we know it or not, comes from the inner workings of our hearts through Christ. Make note to self today that the heart is where emotions and actions originate and come from. Often times how I feel about something is what I take action on. So the psalmist says that he is tired of seeing hate that is driving the actions of people when his thoughts and actions are peace.
WHATE ABOUT YOU TODAY?
No I am not talking about what you think about others or even the world around you. Jesus came that you may have an inner peace. That if you believe in Jesus Christ then you can settle the battle that rages within. The battle for self-worth, the battle for affirmation, the battle for confidence, the battle to be loved. Oh there is not enough paper or time in the world to talk about each one of these things. Story after story of individuals who have been robbed of unconditional love and see Jesus Christ as the same as the way others have treated them. I pray today that you are able to look and think beyond your experiences and interaction with humans, people who for whatever reasons have defamed your self-worth, put you down by not affirming you, spoke hurtfully and left you without confidence, and by their actions and words have left you feeling unloved. Choose today to forgive them and seek peace and pursue it, pursue a relationship with Jesus. Know today you are loved by Jesus Christ and seek friendship with other people who love Jesus as well.