Tag Archive | gospel of peace

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We can’t force others into peaceful co-existence with us…we can only control how we react and behave around angry people.  You know the ones…people with huge chips on their shoulders…always thinking the world is out to get them.  It takes a conscious  decision of the will on our part not to take the bait  when attacked.  It takes lots of deep breaths and determination not to lower ourselves down to that level…and sometimes, it takes just walking away for a few minutes to regain our composure and pray.   “Lord, help me look past the angry hostility and see rather the hurt, the fear, the frustration.  Allow me Lord to see this person through Your eyes and how I may show Your love to them.” Amen

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

In this world of immediate gratification… where there seems to be no control or limits placed on decency or morality anymore…should we be surprised when young people aimlessly wander through life without goals, plans, and purpose?  Their whole life has been centered around the next selfie…the next Social Media post…the next momentary pleasure.  For when you ask them what they want to be doing in five years and how they’re going about achieving that right now…they give you a blank stare.  Without direction, we flounder.  Without limits, we lose inhibitions.  Without a plan and purpose, our life is truly meaningless and empty.  God has a plan and purpose for everyone…a wonderful life full of joy, self-discovery, and most of all peace.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.

I Corinthians 9:22 “…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Here the Apostle Paul was showing that he sought to find common ground with whoever he met…whether Jew, Christian, slave, master, weak, or strong in the faith…in order  to preach the Gospel to all.  Unfortunately as a people, we generally  look for petty differences and disagreements than seek out things that we share.  But if we would take the time to think about it, we have much more in common with each other than we can disagree about.  Finding common ground with one another can also be easier if we ask ourselves this question first…In the eternal scheme of things, does this matter?  Sure, there’s some non-negotiables…but really, the vast majority of stuff we fight about makes no difference at all.

Colossians 4:3 ” And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

Paul was chained up in a dark, dank prison in Rome with deplorable conditions…yet his concern was focused on proclaiming the Gospel.  So what’s my excuse?  What’s my justification for not telling others about Jesus?  How can I explain away the times I’ve had the opportunity…but didn’t speak?  God will open doors daily for us to tell others about the spiritual truths of the Gospel…we just need to be brave enough to walk through them.  I pray in the days ahead that all Believers  be endowed with a supernatural boldness to reach the lost for Jesus…times are getting short.

John 7:37-38 ” On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ “

The yearning we feel inside is a Jesus-shaped void.  Although we try to fill it with lots of things…the spiritual thirst is still there. And it’s not until we have that “Coming to Jesus” moment, that the void can be filled.  Matthew 5:5 tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Quit trying to fill the hole inside you with junk, it’ll never work and only leave you more unhappy.  Jesus is the only answer to finding peace in your life today.

Colossians 3:10 ” …and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Once you say “Yes” to Jesus, you begin the life long journey of putting on the new person.  It starts with the redemptive and restorative activity of God within.  But what is it exactly that  we need to be “putting on”?  As we gain wisdom and a new self-perception that’s rooted in the Gospel of who we are in Christ, we’ll put on love…we’ll put on peace…and we’ll put on a deepening faith of who we’re becoming.