Saturday, February 26, 2011

No Jesus, No Peace...Know Jesus, Know Peace

Jenn here. The title of this blog post was on the top and bottom of a license plate tag of a car in front of us. I love it! The premise rings so true. Then on Twitter I noticed a statement that said, Peace That Passes Understanding Isn’t Found In The Comfortable.  

Honestly, would we NEED peace if we were comfortable with our lives the way things are? Would we know love without knowing hate? Can we feel blessed if we've never been without? How could we know good if we weren't tempted by evil? These are life's experiences...lessons to learn...wisdom to gain.

Right now lots of people around me seem to be going through so much--whether it be finances, job loss, fear of losing one's job, health issues, family issues, dealing with difficult people, grief, etc. I find myself praying for people to have the peace that surpasses all understanding.Many of them didn't ask for their circumstances or cause their situation from making bad choices. Things happen. Then we have to face it and deal with it. 

The battle can leave deep, emotional scars. We cry out to God wondering why He isn't fixing everything, delivering us from this evil, and making it all right. Has he forsaken us as a punishment? My answer is, NO. He died for that sin. Why would He throw it back on you when He gave everything to take it away? We live in a fallen world and we have to live with the consequences of that fallen world. Knowing Jesus is there for us, understands it, and can make things easier to bear, is a blessing that those without faith don't have.

No Jesus, No Peace

Know Jesus, Know Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

What are some ways you instill peace in your life? How do you share that peace with others who are struggling to find peace? What story sticks out in your mind regarding peace?

4 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer:

    Thanks for this important message.

    I like to say to myself: “This too will pass”.
    It always has.

    I like the Bible story of Jesus sleeping on a boat when a storm arises. The apostles are fearful but Jesus awakens.

    Jesus responded, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26

    But what I do everyday and sometimes more often is read my Unity affirmations. I have found that one of the best ways to peace is to be always thinking positive thoughts.

    Vince

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  2. Vince,

    Positive thoughts do help. I'm glad you mentioned that things will pass. Most of what we go through is temporary--a season that will pass. I remember thinking during our long financial crisis that things seemed so hopeless because I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It felt like it would go on forever, but as you pointed out--it too passed. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful post, Jenn.

    I'm a worrier by nature, so I have to fight this daily. I keep telling myself that God is in control. I don't have to be.

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  4. It is a fallen world and we live in it complete with all the troubles and hardships. But we do have a hope beyond what this life can offer. I take great peace from knowing Christ.
    Angie

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