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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…”

Jeremiah 29:7 ” Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you will prosper.”

Everyone wants to live a successful, satisfied, and secure life…but what if yours is anything but.  Maybe you’re unhappy in your workplace with a overbearing Boss and back-stabbing co-workers?  Have you ever considered praying for them?  I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us to pray for all of those in authority over us that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  Your intercessory prayers can change the atmosphere at work, and they can change people’s attitudes…yours included.  Are you unhappy in your marriage or with family relationships?  Would you be willing to start praying on behalf of those who are causing you pain right now?  For again, your prayers can change situations, family dynamics, and bring peace into those difficult relationships.  Because anytime we start praying for someone, our perspective changes about them…for we take on God’s view, not ours.

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.

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.

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.

Psalm 34:8 ” Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

There are certain things that someone can attempt to describe to us, but until we can experience it for ourselves, we just don’t get it.  Take instance,  the first time you saw the ocean and that vast expanse of churning water…no amount of prior description someone gave you could even come close to you seeing it with your own eyes.  The same thing happens with Jesus.  We may hear about Him all our lives…but it’s not until we take that personal step of faith and experience Him, that we can then know true joy, peace and hope in our lives.

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

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.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Holiness or sanctification is the process of making something holy.  After all, holiness is necessary for salvation.  We hear the Gospel,  and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our belief in the truth of God’s Word, we are saved and reconciled to the Lord.  The very personal journey to holiness is an ever upward spiral of becoming more like Jesus and less like you.

Romans 5: 1-2 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Do you know where you’ll go when you die?  If you’re a Believer, do you have the trust to confidently state, “Yes, I’m going to heaven.”  Or do you stand there today just hoping you’ll make it?  This verse should then refute that gnawing uncertainty in your mind once and for all. For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and placed in right standing with God.  And the peace brought about by this reconciliation to our Heavenly Father overshadows any doubt or fear our minds may have.  So stand now in faith and righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord and be assured of your eternal life.