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Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”

The Apostle Paul was writing to the Church of Philippi from a Roman prison…a deep, dark, dank place filled with hopelessness and misery, yet he was exhorting his fellow Believers to live a life worthy of the Gospel…worthy of the calling they had received.  Jude 3 calls it contending for the faith.  Of taking the truth of the Gospel Message we’ve received and studying it, learning from it, believing in it, and finally, defending it.  When we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel we are fulfilling our duty to stand firm against those who may attempt to alter/ or change the grace of God into some man-made Religion.  For the next verse goes on to say, “Stand firm in one Spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:28)

Ephesians 4:3 ” Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Two Scriptures that go along with this one are Romans 15:5, “May the God Who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” and Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”  We are to actively endeavor to live at peace with one another…living in harmony as one collective body called the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the head.  But unity and peace can be difficult to obtain, so what can we do?  First, understand that the only person you can change is you.  That’s why Hebrews 12:14 tells us that we should make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy.  Or as the old song goes, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…”

Galatians 1:6-7 ” I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.”

Paul used the word gospel twice in this verse but both had very different meanings.  The first meant the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…that by way of His death, burial, and resurrection, we might have eternal life.  The second gospel could not have been farther from that truth.  It was distinctly different and deceptive and was leading the Church of Galatia astray.  In II Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul called these teachers, “false apostles and servants of Satan masquerading as apostles of Christ.”  They came proclaiming a ‘new and improved’ Gospel Message that was categorically incorrect and flawed, but the people were accepting it.  Paul here was charging them to be vigilant and discerning…for if the message did not proclaim justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone…it was a false gospel.

Luke 2:14 ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

God’s glory came to earth…His transcendent and infinite greatness, the sum of His perfection took the shape of a tiny baby born in Bethlehem.  God’s peace came to earth…the gift of reconciliation with our Creator came to us in the form of the Gospel Message, the Good News of salvation.  God’s favor came to earth…His Good Will was lavished on us while we were yet far from Him, His Good Pleasure not to see any lost.   Isaiah best sums it up, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He  will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Numbers 6: 24-26 ” The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.”

May this Priestly Blessing found in the Old Testament give you comfort today…whatever your situation.  For it tells us here that God is guarding and protecting your very life at this moment…that He lifts up His head and His face brightens as He looks straight into your eyes with love and concern.   Psalm 25:17 says, “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”  Sometimes all we  long for is peace…and God wants to plant or establish that peace into your life today…replacing strife and turmoil with a sense of well-being, security, wholeness, and comfort.

Revelation 1:5 ” To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood…”

God’s love was revealed in Christ Jesus who came to set us free and break off the chains of sin that bound us so tightly.  This sacrificial shedding of Christ’s blood was necessary to atone for our sins and is the only way we can come back into a right relationship with God the Father.   For you see, true freedom can only be found in Jesus.

Hebrews 12:11 ” No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

We will all go through Seasons of our lives when sickness, loss, and life-changing trials will take us deep into that Valley of the Shadow of Death.  But it’s not until we come out on the other side that we can then truly appreciate what we’ve learned from it all.  For it’s then that God can remind us of His unfaltering Presence… His overwhelming grace and mercy…and His infinite love.  We may not experience a lot of joy in the middle of that trial…but we can still have the peace that passes all understanding.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.”

What was John telling the Church in Sardis they needed to remember?  It was the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus.  We should never discount or dismiss the wonder-working power of the Gospel.  For within its message is the Holy Spirit at work in hearts and minds.  And when we hear and receive the Good News, it’s then our responsibility to obey and repent.  For true repentance is a moral reorientation of our soul…a acknowledging of the error of our ways and a turning towards truth and righteousness…of turning to God.

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

This verse is very specific in two points.  The first relates to our responsibility in potentially volatile interactions.  We are the only person that can control our own emotions, and what rests on us here in this verse is the obligation and charge to live at peace with others.  The other point is that we can’t pick and chose who we live at peace with, for it states here we are to live peaceable  with all human beings to the very best of our ability.

Psalm 25:14 ” The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.”

In the middle of desperate, troubling times our emotions can’t be trusted.  But what can be trusted is what the Lord has done for us in the past…those landmarks of our life when God moved mightily.  For it was in those turning points when we clearly were able to see His mercy and love demonstrated.  And so It’s  those remembrances we can fall back on today that will offer the most peace and comfort for our soul.