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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18 NIV
God asks us to create harmony. He doesn’t want us to be divided. He doesn’t want us to spend too much time trying to please others either, for the Lord is the only one whose opinion we should care about.
At times it may seem like peace is impossible, but nothing is impossible for God. He can envision exactly what peace looks like for us. He can give us peace if we ask Him. Amen.
You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. – 2 Corinthians 10:7 NIV
Christians all believe in Jesus. When we get caught up in arguments about the difference between doctrines, the Lord can settle our minds.
We all deserve to be treated with love and respect, so instead of judging others or trying to disprove various theological points, we can simply love one another.
Jesus asked us to love one another the way He loves us. Amen.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:16 NIV
God is not only a loving God; He is the embodiment of love. When we become more like Jesus, love permeates every fiber of our being. Instead of asking God to grant a long list of things that we need from Him, we can ask Him what we can do to serve Him and show His love better.
In a world that encourages us to attract more wealth to ourselves, refocusing our attention on Jesus takes a paradigm shift.
We are not reflecting God’s love if we spend too much time noticing the flaws in others. God is the judge, and there is no reason why we would need to take that job from Him. The Lord is entirely qualified to judge the world fairly. We can divert our energies elsewhere.
When we live in love, we become more patient and kind and less critical. Amen.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:4 NIV
The Lord never gives up on us. He calls us to follow him and to find joy and peace.
Maturity comes with age, but it also comes when we have overcome difficulties, such as financial losses, illnesses, or even grief after losing a loved one. The Lord sticks by our side during our challenges if we believe in Him.
The Lord does not give us more than we can handle, and He provides us with all the faith we need to see through the darkness of this world. He loves us beyond compare. Amen.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8 NIV
One of the things that helps me sleep before I go to bed is journaling. I read a Bible verse, pray that the Lord will give me the right words to share, and then I write whatever comes to mind.
I have committed to this prayer journal practice for almost a year now, and it does give me peace! My prayer journal has helped me overcome depression and anxiety. It has helped me to realign my priorities according to His will. I have even gained the courage to talk about my faith with others, when I previously felt too shy to say anything.
The Lord makes us strong and courageous. Every morning we wake up, we can thank God for the life and guidance He has given us. Amen.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24 NIV
Jesus knew how to pray. Our Heavenly Father loved Jesus before He created the world, so to offer up His only son in order to save humanity was an incredible sacrifice.
A parent’s love is profound.
I thank God every day for my son, who is three years old. He brings joy to my life, and I can’t help but share every time he does something cute.
Our Heavenly Father wants to share with everyone so that they know Jesus. When we know Jesus, every aspect of our lives is better. He can give us peace like no other. Amen.
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Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue… – 2 Peter 1:3 NKJV
Jesus gives us everything we need to live a godly life. He calls to us, even at 3:20 AM. He gives us peace, but we have to let Him in.
The world is full of wrongs. When we give in to our negative thoughts, past betrayals, and anger, we forget the knowledge that God ahs given us to replace the things the devil places in our minds to distract us. Yes, we may have had instances in the past where people wronged us, but when we constantly revisit those bad experiences, we shade our eyes from the glory God has in store for us. Amen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 NIV
I was troubleshooting an issue on my website the other day with a tech support guy and even as tech savvy as I am, I was getting frustrated. I had to step away, take a deep breath, and eat something for breakfast so that I wouldn’t be irritated just because I was hungry.
The Lord wants us to be compassionate. I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the tech support conversation with a person who is impatient and irritated. I had to pause and send peace and ease to the tech support person I was angry with because I know what it is like to be in his shoes.
We have to forgive ourselves for not always being as compassionate as we could. There is always another day to try again. Amen.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
The Lord is a God of peace. He doesn’t want us to feel troubled by the world. Like a good shepherd, He leads us away from danger. He protects and keeps us. He gives us the equipment for success.
When we do His work, we please Him. Our other work is pleasing to Him as well, but perhaps less important. We have treasure in Heaven, each one of us who believes in Jesus. Amen.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:18 KJV
Sometimes making peace with a certain situation means letting go and letting God. We cannot control what other people choose for themselves. We can only change ourselves. The Lord can show us how to make peace with people who don’t necessarily want to be at peace with us. We can’t take their actions as our personal failures.
Peace means asking God for help when we find ourselves angry or resentful. Jesus did not operate out of resentment, even if other people wronged Him. He understood that He could ask His Father for strength to follow His Father’s will.
The Lord knows what is best for us. He can already see the right outcome. Amen.