When I read that peace didn't mean that you were in a place where there was no noise, trouble or hard work...but in the middle of those crazy times...you can still be calm in your heart.....I actually started to cry. I read it to Bobby and teared up again. It is so powerful to me! I haven't always felt that kind of peace...but I do now and it is a powerful thing to have that calmness even in the midst of a not so calm life. This doesn't mean that I don't feel the pang of hurt when others are not kind and it doesn't mean that I am always calm...it just means that I have a calmness...a peace within my heart. So cool!
Where does that kind of peace come from? Consider this scripture from John 14:27..."Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." The peace that gives you that calmness in your heart comes from God. It is important that you are in a genuine relationship with God.
When you don't feel that peace in your life ...the kind "that passeth all understanding" - it is time to get your heart and mind on Christ so that He can "guard your heart and mind." Just meandering around in this world and always putting your needs before others will not give you peace. Oh...you may be happy for a time, but that happiness will fade unless you add more things. And before you know it, when you can't have those things, you start feeling that life is unfair and you guessed it...quite the opposite of having peace.
Having peace in your life .... don't you want that? I know that I have been on both sides of that calmness of heart and I for sure favor being at peace. At one point in my life, I felt hopeless and all peace was gone...that was a terrible place to be. I had gotten away from the will of God and I stayed in a state of turmoil within my heart. Believe me when I say there is something better...and God wants that for us. He left us His peace for us to have... not to ignore and live life in a selfish soulish way.
Take the Character of Peace with you everywhere you are!
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