Thursday, November 10, 2016

THE PEACE OF CHRIST

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  (Colossians 3:14-16 NIV)

So here is Jesus’ word for us when someone doesn’t like us, when we get a bad review at work, or when the economy dips south and our 401(k) -- which remains the envy of 95 percent of the human race -- is down 30 percent: “My peace I give you,” Jesus promised. “I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

The peace of Jesus is something much deeper than self-help techniques to manage stress. It is deeper than anxiety reduction to make life more pleasant. It is the settled conviction that goes down to the core of your being -- to your belly where rivers of living water can flow -- that all things are in God’s hands. Therefore all things will be well, and you can live free of worry, burden, and fear.

-- John Ortberg in The Me I Want To Be


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