- Published: Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Is there peace in your heart today? Are you able to maintain a position of peace, even when life throws difficulty your way?
I recently watched a movie about Paul and his time in the Roman prison. Luke was there ministering to him, or maybe Paul was ministering to Luke. There was a lot of persecution going on to the Christians, and sorrow within their communities because of the imprisonment of Paul and the many losses of fellow believers. But, Paul was full of peace. His peace was so deeply rooted that He was able to love the ones that hated him. I began to ask myself if it's possible to really love others without peace? What do you think? With peace, we are not afraid. When we are not afraid, love abounds. Peace comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and I know the Spirit dwells within me, yet do I remain at peace in times of crisis? Do you?
True peace brings freedom. Freedom to be who God designed you to be. Freedom to not only love others, but to love yourself. When this happens then praise rises up to the One who is strong, the One who makes you strong, and through this strength, we will all believe! With peace you will believe Who God is. You will believe in the amazing purpose He has put within you. You will believe truth. And, the beauty of all of that is, no one can steal it from you.
Let the God of peace reign within your heart today and go with you wherever you go. Let His peace spread through your home, community, and city. Let the God of peace use you as a peace-maker full of His abundant peace!