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The Bible teaches us that living peacefully with others is not just a good thing to do — it's something that God wants for all of us. There's a quote in Romans 12:18 that says, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men." This quote encourages us to try to get along with everyone. It reminds us that peace isn't something that just happens — it's something we have to actively work toward. To live in peace, we need to be mindful of our actions, our words, and even our thoughts, to help create a peaceful and friendly atmosphere.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." This is an encouragement to be a peacemaker, to be a person who actively creates peace. The term "peacemaker" comes from the Greek word "eirenopoios," which means "one who makes peace." So, being a peacemaker is not just about living peacefully ourselves, but it's about helping others to do the same. They are the ones who step in to calm down disagreements and foster understanding among people. According to Jesus, peacemakers are as special as God's own children, highlighting how important it is to work toward peace.
The Bible also offers a comforting message about finding peace within ourselves. In Philippians 4:6-7, it says, "Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." These words remind us that we can experience a profound sense of peace when we place our trust in God. This type of peace is so deep and powerful that it's beyond our full understanding. It can help us stay calm and feel secure, even when we're facing difficult situations. So, the peace that the Bible talks about isn't just about living harmoniously with others, but also about experiencing a deep sense of calm and certainty within ourselves because of our faith in God.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, May 29, 2023 @ 11:35 AM MDT
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