Two types of people

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. Proverbs 12.20

Let’s think about the two types of people to which this verse is referring. There are those who plot evil and those who promote peace.

It is hard to believe that a person would actively mislead another. Yet, that is what the word “deceit” means. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as “the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”. It is a deliberate act, usually with the intent of harming the person targeted in some way. The heart of those who plot evil contains deceit.

Then, there is the person who promotes peace. They do what they can to further the cause for peace. They want harmony to exist in relationships, in families, and in every area where possible. Peace creates bonds of unity and brings joy to the heart.

Nowhere is this more possible than in a relationship with God through his Son, Jesus. We should be announcing the good news of Jesus to bring others to a knowledge that peace can exist, that joy can abide in the heart.

#risingjoy #Proverbs #peace

The Lord makes me safe and secure

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for you, Lord, make me safe and secure. Psalm 4.8

How well do you sleep at night? Does it take you some time or does your head hit the pillow and you are out? So often our doubts and worries take control of our mind at night. Our list of things to do for tomorrow starts growing in our mind to the point that we are almost compelled to get up and start on it immediately. Often if I am unable to sleep, it is because I am holding on to a worry that I have not let God have. That is a wake-up call or better yet a sleep call! The Lord makes me safe and secure. This does not mean that bad things will not happen to me, but it does give me peace to live in the present. I have no promise of tomorrow. But I know that my safety and my security is in the Lord. That applies both to the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Are you worried about something? Give it to the Lord in prayer. Then lie down and sleep peacefully.

#risingjoy #Psalms #peace

If possible, Romans 12.18

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.”

Romans 12.18

Paul recognized it is not possible to live peaceably with some people. Not every persecutor will convert to Christ. But we must make every effort on our part.

Christians are peacemakers, like their Lord. They go the extra mile. They know how to bite their tongue. They bless instead of curse. How am I doing in this area?

#votd #Romans #peace

Lord of peace: 2 Thessalonians 3.16 VOTD

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3.16

The Lord is the source of peace. For the readers undergoing persecution, they must know that peace does not depend upon circumstances. Christ will give it all the time, anywhere, regardless of the situation.

What events or situations tend to rob you of peace? How can we retain the Lord’s peace independent of circumstances?

#peace #Jesus #VOTD

Peacemakers: Matthew 5.9 VOTD

““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”

Matthew 5.9

Jesus opens the Sermon on the Mount with essential qualities of his people that make for a blessed, fulfilled, and satisfying life, a life approved by God. Making peace is what God does.

How can you make peace around you? What kind of peace should be promoted? Why does making peace mark one as God’s child?

#peace #Beatitudes #VOTD

Relax!

Brazilians have a new word to tell someone not to worry: Relaxe! Relax. Don’t get worked up over it. No problem. Somebody used it with me recently when I was in line at the padaria with an armful of items and a younger man urged me to go in front of him. I protested that I was fine, there was no need for me to step in front of him. “Go ahead,” he said, “Relax!” So I did.

One guy I know tends to overwork and overthink. When he remembers to do it, he tells himself to relax. Unfurrow the eyebrows. Breathe deeply. Let go. Instead of being an escape from responsibility, relaxing in this way can becoming a path to trusting God.

Spiritual relaxation isn’t an occasional nap from doing the will of God. Rather, it is a state of being as a saint, a way of living in the Lord, an easygoingness that permeates the zeal for the house of God.

Such a state is needed for people who get worked up over the tensions of life, the pains of relationships, and the challenges of faith. Pretty much includes all of us, doesn’t it?

Here are three ways to relax spiritually, involving the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The saint tells himself to: Continue reading

#contentment, #corollaries, #peace

Outlook: Romans 8.6 VOTD

“For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace.”

Romans 8.6

In this section the apostle Paul contrasts life according to the flesh and life in the Holy Spirit.

How do we live the life of peace in the Spirit?

#life #peace #VOTD

Hugh’s News & Views (Peace)

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Tragically, our country, Western Europe, and, increasingly, the world as a whole, are divided between traditional values and postmodern values. This division is seen in all elements of our culture—political, religious, academia, social mores, et al. Partisanship and polarity, chaos and confusion seem to reign. In contrast to this is the peace that we all desire (or at least say that we desire) and that God alone can give.

Ronald D. Reeves, minister of the College Avenue Church of Christ in my boyhood hometown of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in a recent issue of the church’s bulletin, called attention to a number of scriptures having to do with peace. I invite your thoughtful reflection on some of them. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #peace

VOTD: Mark 9.50 ‘Salt in yourselves’

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Mark 9.50

What does salt represent in this saying of Jesus’?

How does having salt lead to peace among disciples?

#VOTD #salt #peace

Prayer: Two terrorist attacks in London

We pray for those injured, involved, or affected by the two attacks in London, which are being treated as terrorist attacks. One of them occurred outside Parliament. At least four people are reported dead, 20 or more injured. We pray for peace, at the same time we pray for the security of each nation.

#peace, #prayer-requests, #terrorism

‘He will give us peace’

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Every year around Christmas time people occupy themselves with talk about peace. Religious folk who profess to be Christians experience a jump in warm wishes for peace on earth. At Jesus’ birth, the shepherds in the field heard a heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” Lk 2.14 KJV.

The KJV translation, say some, tends to lead people to a bad conclusion about the possibility of peace on earth and good will toward, or among, men. There’s no doubt that people use the verse in a sappy, wishful sense. Better manuscript evidence points to a slightly different reading, with a far different meaning: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” (NET). Continue reading

#cheer, #corollaries, #good-will, #peace

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12-10-2015 Baby Jesus #2

This time of year, in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, many don’t seem to understand some things. For instance, when Jesus birth was announced the shepherds, suddenly there appeared “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:13-14 NKJV)  But Jesus’ birth did not mean there would be “peace” all over the earth. Moses’ Law was “to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:24-27 NKJV). “Peace, goodwill toward men” is for those who are “baptized into Christ.” Do you have that peace?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #goodwill, #peace, #shepherds

Christ’s peace

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” Luke 2:14.

Described in Isaiah as the ‘Prince of Peace,’ the ‘God of peace,’ who in Romans 16 will soon crush Satan under our feet and who had just taken on flesh, would later say, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

In that passage, Jesus makes it clear that He did not come to tell us it’s OK to be comfortable and ‘at home’ with this world and still be at peace with God. Glory needs to go to the sovereign and just God in the highest, who did not need to offer men an opportunity for peace with Him, but to do this, we must sever our ties of friendship with the world. Sin, after all, is what got mankind in such a struggle that we needed a Savior anyway, and so any peace can only be achieved by leaving our sin.

The same offer of peace, the offer of His Son, is made today as then. But, to have His favor rest on us, we must use the sword to sever our ties to this world as our home. The reason we do not see peace in the world today is because so few are willing to accept God’s offer.

Do you have Christ’s peace?

Douglas Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#peace

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11-18-2015 Worthless Preaching

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD. They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace”‘; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you'” (Jeremiah 23:16-17 NKJV). God condemned those who: (1) only follow their heart and not God’s Word; (2) promise “peace” to “those who despise” God and His Word; (3) promise “no harm” will come to everyone who does as they please, and not as God commands. Sounds like many preachers and priests today. God said, “They make you worthless.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

 

#despise-god, #peace, #worthless

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3-12-2015 Peace-Haters

Psalm 120:6-7: “My soul has dwelt too long With one who hates peace. 7 I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for war.” People who preach hatred when a white policeman kills a black person, but completely ignore all of the black on black violence and murders “hate peace.” People who headline a few white boys who utter a racial slur, but completely ignore all of the black people who slur whites “hate peace.” People who feel situations overseas can only be solved by war “hate peace.” Have we not lived “too long” with those who “hate peace.” Isn’t it time for the rest of us to obey God. “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#black, #haters, #overseas, #peace, #war, #white