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PASS THE PEACE AND HOLD THE MUSTARD PLEASE!

The one aspect of my life in Christ that I cherish the most is peace. When the Lord "fashioned me in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:13), He did so with the intent of this provision for peace. But I had a part to play in achieving it. I like the way the International Standard version puts it in James 3:18 "And a harvest of righteousness is grown from the seed of peace planted by peacemakers."

Peace is good for our soul and our physical well-being. Staying peaceful reduces stress and keeps us anxiety-free. I don't know about you but I safeguard my peace by careful discernment of events, people or things that attempt to alter it.  But how do we get to living a life of peace? ... by learning to maintain peace in three important relationships: with God, with our fellow man, and with ourselves. We maintain peace with God by believing and trusting Him. We maintain peace with our fellow man by not allowing strife to be a part of our relationships with other people. We maintain peace with ourselves by refusing to live in guilt or condemnation thus recognizing that God is greater than all of our sins.

This kind of peace doesn't come through drugs, alcohol, sex, wealth, or entertainment. It is a supernatural (not worldly) peace that is a gift of God (John 14:27). The spiritual fruit of peace results from being justified by faith (Romans 5:1). and loving God's law. (Psalm 119:165) This is a peace that surpasses all human understanding, and it keeps your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The next time you feel your peace is fleeting remember that first it is a gift from God then place righteous living (biblically sound choices) on your daily to-do list. Sow peace in the lives of others too. There are many varieties of mustard but only one peace that comes from God -- that which "surpasses all understanding"

GBY!  Barbara

- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing in your life please consider sowing back to the ministry at the website link below.

www.hope2007.org

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Comment balloon 5 commentsBARBARA RIES • June 22 2010 10:30AM

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Barbara, thank you for your message.....I spend way too much time being stressed out.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 7 years ago

Barbara,  Thanks for sharing.  You are right about too much time being stresss.  Best regards and God Bless.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 7 years ago
Hi Ann: Thanks for stopping by. What I have learned is that stress will kill my spirit and rob me of peace. I appreciate your post! GBU, Barbara
Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Edward & Celia: I'm glad to meet you both and thankful for your comments. Have a wonderful day in the Lord! GBU, Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 7 years ago

Barbara, I'm glad to see you back blogging again. I got busy with other things myself and had to pull away so I missed your latest posts. Good stuff. As Bill Johnson says, "In order to have the peace that surpasses all understanding, we must first give up any rights to understanding." I maintain my peace by always keeping my eyes on Jesus. We become what we focus on. Recently on our little camping adventure, we faced great adversity to be short. The man next to us was helping me and said at least 3 times... "I can't believe how you're taking all this." I would just say to him, if this is the best the enemy has to throw at me, it's pitiful. When we maintain peace in the most stressful storms, people notice and they know where our peace comes from, the Maker of Heaven and earth. Blessings.

Posted by Bob & Bonnie Horning about 7 years ago

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