As I pondered this year’s Christmas, I remembered much of the violence and troubles of the year. The word “peace” whispered in my ear.
Not exactly the peace that the dictionary describes. Its definition of peace is freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility; freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
I believe we can receive this state within but it’s not likely to be experienced for long periods of time unless we have matured on the path towards perfection or we have somehow shut the world out. The world outside of us is not peaceful.
I have progressed over the years. I seem to worry less. I have learned to trust the Lord to see me through hard times.
As my self-control develops, there are less ripples or waves in my atmosphere. My inner strength from God resists the outside pressures.
However there is a lot going on inside. The journey continues. I haven’t arrived. Sometimes smaller things rock my boat harder than the big things. Minor annoyances disturb my soul.
I am determined to continue to pursue peace. The peace that Jesus has bequeathed to me. (John 14:27) This peace is worth fighting for. It is the peace that passes all understanding. Sometimes it requires me to stand against something or someone rather than give in. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy.
It’s even harder when others, that you don’t want to hurt or disappoint, don’t understand your decisions.
Decisions that take all involved in consideration. You can hurt someone more by doing the wrong thing in order to spare their feelings.
The bible says that we need to let peace rule in our hearts like an umpire. Peace decides whether it is in(safe) or out. Colossians 3:15
I am so thankful for Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Being yoked (Matt 11:28-30) with Him and learning His ways are my peace.
He helps me to be good to others and to take care of myself too. This world is too much to bear without Him.