So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.Romans 14:19
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemeakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.James 3:13-17
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Phillipians 4: 4-9
- Today we look at what the Lord tells us to do to find His peace. Prayer is imperative, of course, but it is also important to take captive our thoughts. We are to think about things that are pure, lovely and admirable. Consider fasting from social media and news today. Instead, read the Word, watch an uplifting show, join us for prayer at the New Hope if possible.
- We are told in Scripture to build one another up. Today consider whom who could bless with a kind word of encouragement. Even better, do this with someone with whom who have some disagreements. Expect a blessings of peace to follow.
- Rejoice first and then present your requests to God. Before you pray today, take some time to rejoice in your blessings through thanking the Lord in word, in song, even in dance! You will be amazed at the difference it makes in your outlook.