Peace noun \ˈpēs\ "1. A state of tranquility or quiet. 2. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. 3. Harmony in personal relations."
Lately I've been chasing peace. I'm now 7 1/2 months pregnant with a two year old and finalizing the second edition of Style Your Soul... needless to say peace is a little hard to come by!
But the peace I've been chasing is found in the first definition. That peace can sometimes be found easily by simply asking for help.
The other definitions are harder to achieve. We all sometimes struggle with disquieting or negative thoughts and emotions. We worry, we doubt and we criticize ourselves and others.
But Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
And John 14:27 says, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
When chasing inner peace, cast your cares on the Lord because He cares for you. Ask yourself if the things you are concerned about are actually true, if you're in control of them and if you can change them? Trust in God and not your abilities, think on good things because your thoughts become your beliefs and your actions.
When chasing the third definition, peace in personal relationships, only concern yourself with what you can do. It doesn't always matter who caused the discord or the circumstances.
Matthew 18:15-16 says, "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
And Matthew 5:23-24 says, "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
The Bible encourages us to prefer one another, love one another, bear with one another and suffer long with one another. If you are chasing peace in a personal relationship you can only control you. Do as God encourages and pray.
The other person may not be as willing to seek peace as you are, but perhaps in time their hearts will soften from your actions and disposition.
And always remember Matthew 5:9 which says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
No matter in what area you're chasing peace, know that it is worth the chase. Its benefits and joys are long lasting and will see you through many situations inwardly and externally.
Next week we'll continue our series on chasing. How will you chase peace this week? Let me know on the Facebook page!
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