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Peace (Shalom)

Why is Peace so important? When we think of peace we often think of the beauty pageant contestants who always answer the commentary portion of the pageant with, “If I win, I will seek and promote world peace”. Really? HOW can you promote world peace when you do not have INNER PEACE within YOURSELF.
That is where we want to focus our attention. Inner Peace. The Hebrew word for Peace is “Shalom”, which means “nothing missing, nothing broken” in its simplest form.
And that is what we are all striving for!
 
WHOLENESS in our lives. “Inner Peace”.
What is it and how do we obtain it?
I do not intend to share a bunch of superfluous cliché’s about peace, we have enough of those to go around.
Let’s go deeper.
 
What is disturbing our peace? And why? As long as we are flesh and blood, and breathing, we all will have our peace disturbed in one form or another. It could be a co-worker, our mates, our children, or even our health. One key to maintaining that inner peace is to maintain a healthy balance with regards to activities, or the lack thereof.
Maintaining inner peace often happens when we purpose within ourselves that we are NOT going to allow it to be disturbed. However, in everyday life, the fight to maintain that peace will be challenged. One person’s struggle is another person’s light burden. Let me explain. I have two “spiritual sisters” that are awesome mother’s to autistic children.
 
Their children are so bright and intelligent! They are indeed blessings from God. If you were to meet them, you would fall in love with them. Now, to look at these two mother’s, your first thought is, “how in THE WORLD are you able to handle that”? It’s tough enough with ONE child being on the spectrum, but to have two or more?? YES! Say it with me..WOWWWWWW!!!
 
I have watched BOTH of these mother’s handle their lives with amazing poise and grace. And they will both tell you that if not for the Grace of God, they would NOT be able to handle it. One is married, so she has her husband helping her daily.
 
The other, is divorced, yet STILL maintains a healthy home for her children and continues to take care of herself spiritually and physically. Do you think that they are looking for pity, or even wallow in self-pity? Emphatically NO! They do not. So, their level of “disturbed peace” is off the charts! On the other hand, “disturbed peace” can include a sick spouse, or an uncaring spouse. Your own health issues, or employment issues.
 
This would be looked at as a “light burden” and not a struggle, as in the case of my two “sisters”. My “disturbed peace” has come from a variety of sources, including family, spouse, employment, various disappointments and even my OWN self-doubt and self-condemnation. Stress and worry will kill us quicker than anything else in the world!
I have learned to find that inner peace the hard way. It was not easy. I did not have anyone that I could confide in to ask for help. It was as if I was walking through my own personal “shadow of the valley of death, (see Psalm 23:4). I had to rely on God, literally! And THAT is a great thing. However, it does, I admit, make it easier when you have someone that you can share those things with.
 
No, I am not making God “smaller than”. So, please understand what I mean by that. Jesus Himself stated that HE is a “friend that sticks closer than a brother (or sister)”, but being able to pick up the phone to call someone and say, “hey, I need you to pray for me, with me”, helps tremendously. Another key to finding that inner peace is being thankful. The craziest passage of scripture in the Bible is found in James 1:2 which says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” Really God?
I’m going through hell, and You want me to “count it all joy”? His reply, a firm “YES”!! Think about it, your car broke down. Well, Thank God for the bus line. You fell and scratched up your knees, well Thank God you did not break your leg or hip. See my point?
 
No matter what we are facing, there is always something to be thankful for. To “count it all joy”! Still not convinced? Let’s say you and your spouse are at odd’s with one another, regardless of who is at fault. Thank God that neither of You has taken a weapon out to cause bodily harm. Your son or daughter hanging out late and coming home after curfew?
 
Thank God that they had sense enough to come home and they are safe. All of these things disturb our peace and cause stress, yet, we can find and maintain inner peace by focusing on God, and being thankful. But what if I don’t believe in God? Well beloved, that is when YOU have to make up in YOUR mind that no matter what YOU are not going to let ANYONE get into your head and cause you to feel less than or to take advantage of you. It will be hard, but it can be done. So, I challenge you, if you do NOT have a relationship with God, seek HIM OUT NOW!! You will not regret it, and Your Peace can and will be restored a LOT quicker! Why, because Jesus is also known as “The Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:6).
 
For further edification, see the following passages regarding “Peace”:
 
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
1 Peter 3:11 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
James 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Proverbs 16:7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Romans 12:18 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
 
Blessings!
 
Roger

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