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02/20/2010

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A Dose Of Peace


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9).

Shalom is a very cool Hebrew word. Though we have come to use it in a sense of meaning peace, the word also connotes completeness and welfare. I may not agree with all of the late John Lennon's sentiments in his 1969 song, but I do love the title..."Give Peace a Chance." The prophet Isaiah when he foretold of the coming Jesus, called Him; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6). The implication here is that we can find peace in Jesus Christ. This peace is an inner tranquility that transcends all understanding. I would suggest that true peace must be attained on three levels. Peace with God, self and others.

Once we have a peace with our God, all other types of peace are also attainable. Again from the prophet Isaiah we find a wonderful description of peace as he writes that it would be "like a river" (48:18). The wonderful serene picture of a river, carrying with it an abundance of peace and overflowing righteousness. Through Jesus, God offers us that peace. In God's love, peace is made possible and in Jesus, we can be reconciled back Him. Even when we do wrong, there is the forgiveness through Jesus, and we can find justification as we come back to God.

Through Jesus we can also have inner peace. The world has nothing to offer us that comes close to the level of peace that is made possible to us through our Savior. As we read His teachings our faith grows, and as It grows we are able to make God and His kingdom our priority. Our Lord just makes our lives simpler. In our love of God through Jesus, we find the true antidote for turmoil, anxiety and worry. "I have told you these things that you may have peace" (John 16:33).

Finally there's the peace that deals with "the other guy." In Jesus we can have that too. He broke down all the barriers. When it comes to Christianity, there are no racial, ethnic, social, political or economic obstacles. He shows the way to have peace and harmony within families, both personal and church. He shows us how to live together as we seek the highest good and love in one another. He tells us to pray for those that cause us trouble, forgive those that wrong us, and even find a way to love our enemies. Its no wonder that he said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." We just have to give peace a chance....

Have a great weekend...May your worship with your Christian family be a great experience....both uplifting and glorifying..... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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