Thursday, January 24, 2013

Peace On Earth

It is my job to bring peace to my piece of the world.

Matthew 5:9  God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Philippians 4:4-7  Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again, rejoice!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Can there really be peace on earth? When Jesus birth was announced the angel told us about "peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased" but is that really going to happen? (Luke 2:14)

The first step to having peace is to improve our relationship with God, he has given us plenty of proof that he is our friend and that we don't have to be afraid of him, God stepped down from heaven and made it possible. We can look forward to the day that we meet him face to face without fear of judgement for our failures.

Now that we have peace with God he expects us to live in peace with each other. Our lifestyle should be noticed by everyone for the difference in our attitude and in the way that we treat each other. We should have a lifestyle of joy and we should be considerate of everyone. If you remember all of the effort that God went through to make peace with you then you should be willing to work for peace as well.

As you walk this earth remember your destiny and do your best not to worry about anything while you wait for Christ return. The cares of this world will drag you down and rob you of your peace but Jesus told us that we don't have to live with fear for our physical needs.

Live in harmony with each other.
Romans 12:14-18 Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them.  15  Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.  16  Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!

17  Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.  18  Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

If somebody does us wrong it is so easy to want to curse them but Paul told the church in Rome that we should say something but instead of a curse we should give them a blessing. There isn't any room for being selfish and thinking about yourself and telling somebody off.

Peaceful living:

  • Without revenge - Matthew 5:38-42
  • Loving your enemies - Matthew 5:43-45
  • Overlooking faults - Matthew 7:1-5
  • Slow to anger - James 1:19
  • Without jealousy - James 3:14-16 

Remember that God set the standard for reaching out and making peace, he went a lot farther to make peace with us than we are willing to go with each other.

I need to have compassion for my fellow man and show love and make peace in my piece of this world.