January 21, 2012

Life Giving Peace

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 21, 2012

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

Peace produces life for a life surrendered to God. But it is in conflict with Christ that a life’s internal harmony is replaced with unrest. However, the fruit of peace is life: life giving energy in relationships, life giving words at work, life giving attitudes at home and life giving community with other Jesus followers. Spiritual peace gives physical life.

If peace is such an essential ingredient for life, why can it be so allusive? Guilt has a way of grinding away at the goodness of God that lies dormant in a heart unaffected by discipleship. Conversion to Christ does not guarantee that His peace will have preeminence, but it does position us for easy access to His grace. Like an orphan adopted by loving parents—acceptance of our heavenly Father’s love creates peaceful security.

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10

What competes with your peace? Has your peace-less heart contributed to your unhealthy emotional and physical condition? Pride fights against peace, because it can’t rest until it proves itself to be right. Greed is an enemy of peace, because it cannot be content unless it has a little bit more. Fear tosses and turns us awake in bed because it forgets faith’s calm.

Fortunately, your heavenly Father is your peace provider. Your welfare is His primary care and concern. There is no circumstance, individual or spiritual enemy that has the power to rob you of the Lord’s long-standing serenity found in your savior Jesus. Indeed, use His peace as a shield against Satan’s schemes of discouragement and disappointment. You don’t have to look far for life giving peace; it is already yours in God’s son Jesus.

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33
How can I better apply the life giving peace of God that I already possess in Jesus?

Related Readings: Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 54:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 6:23

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