P.E.A.C.E.
July 4, 2020, 10:00 AM

P.E.A.C.E. (Practicing External Actions of Centering for Eternity)

 

Romans 15:13 (NIV)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ... Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.

 

Times are tough and it seems it is hard to find PEACE now a days. We are fighting over masks, we are fighting over history, we are fighting over rights, we are fighting over PEACE. So my question today was “How can I find PEACE every day?”  I came to the conclusion that it is like anything else in this life, we must practice in order to continue our journey. Practice makes perfect and we know that when we are with God after our mortal bodies have failed us,  we will be made perfect (as a good United Methodist would say). Below is a scriptural reference to Practicing External Actions of Centering for Eternity, to PEACE.

 

Practicing  - Peace is a noun and a verb. The noun definition “a state of tranquility or quiet” is found in the action of the practice of the verb “to be, become, or keep silent or quiet”. Psalms 37:1-5 shows us this in verse one by saying not to fret. In verse three we are instructed to trust in the Lord, and in verse four we are encouraged to delight ourselves in the Lord.

Psalm 37:1-5

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:

 

External – Peace can be seen in our actions and inactions. Philippians 4:6-7 walks us through how this may be done. In verse six we are told not to be anxious for anything, to remain in prayer, and to be thankful. Verse seven says if we do the three things listed we will have peace.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Actions (of) – Peace can be found as we commit ourselves daily into God’s hands as stated in Proverbs 3:5-6. Our actions matter. We must actively seek peace.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

 

Centering – Peace can be found in centering ourselves with our maker and the love of Jesus, remembering that peace is gained by reconciling ourselves to God. In Colossians 1:20-22 verse twenty encourages us to reconcile with God and verse twenty-one reminds us that we are not alienated from our maker and thus not alienated from peace. God created us for good and so we must keep seeking God.

Colossians 1:20 -22

20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil😀 behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—

 

(for) Eternity – As we continue to claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior we remain in his presence and have home for eternity. In John 14: 27- 29, we read how this is possible. We are to remain in prayer, preparation, seeking forgiveness when we have done wrong, offering forgiveness to others, spending time in devotion and prayer with God, reading his word, and committing daily to following him.

John 14: 27-29

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

 

May you be encouraged today to seek PEACE in your daily lives. May you be encouraged today as you find PEACE in the presence of our risen savior. May your hearts be encouraged today to offer PEACE to those you encounter. May you be encouraged today as you once again receive the PEACE that passes all understanding through the Holy Spirit, from God, by his son, Jesus Christ. Go is PEACE. Amen.