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Saturday, February 17, 2007

peace

Most of us desire to have peace, in our country, our homes, our lives and in our hearts and minds. The Word says: “The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” What is righteousness? – God’s right way of living. How does this righteousness come to us? “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” We are the ones that must strive and seek God’s right way of living. ‘All these things’ refers not only to the basic needs of life, but WHATEVER we need in our lives.

So then we have a part to play in having peace in our lives through right living but how do we maintain peace even in the everyday problems of life? This goes back to the Word again: “Do not worry about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Whether that sounds simple and basic to you or not, it is still the only way to have real peace. ec


PS – The quotes are from NRSV and in order they are from: Isa. 32:17 – Matt. 6:33 – Phil. 4:6-7.

2 Comments:

Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Mr. Eddie, again you have me thinking about Hebrew words: sedeq (which means more that "righteous," but also implies that one is to do justice, to be just, and to vindicate the falsely accused) and shalom (which means more than "peace" but also incorporates wholeness, wellness, completeness, and full).

Thank you again for engaging my mind.

2/18/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - You have reminded me of Micah 6:8 "...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" ec

2/19/2007 09:56:00 PM  

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