The pursuit of peace

In our workplace, we are trained on the ethics (politically correctness) for peaceable work conditions. Schools expel students for fighting, and parents oftentimes will do almost anything to “keep the peace” at home.

We search for peace in Yoga classes, in art forms or in counseling sessions.

Our leaders convene to talk about peace, make laws to “keep” the peace and compromise our safety in the name of peace.

But, despite all of this effort – voluntary or not — people are more angry, impatient and violent than ever before.

I won’t deny that peace is very important, but perhaps we are looking for peace in the wrong place.

In the New Testament alone, this phrase: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, is repeated word for word in Romans 5:1, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 6:23, and 1 Thessalonians 1:1 and probably in many other verses throughout the rest of the bible.

In fact, if you run a search at www.biblegateway.com for peace, it pulls up 420 references for “peace” in the bible.

I could be wrong, but it seems like God IS trying to tell us something. He gives peace. Genuine, everlasting peace.

If each individual pursues peace through faith in God and His son, Jesus Christ, what affect would that have in our workplace, schools, home life, and even in our local, national and international politics?

You might not think that this would have much of an affect on a large scale, but think about what happens at work when you fly off the handle, or what happens at home when your child(ren) jump on your very last nerve?

I’d bet your whole department or office, and definitely your whole house walked on eggshells around you the rest of the day.

We do have more of a ripple effect in life than we think no matter what we’re doing, so I challenge my friends and family to pursue the kind of peace that comes from pursuing God.

Don’t worry. I’m doing it right beside you.

Praying today that we do it with complete abandon.
Beth

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