Posted by: missionventureministries | December 19, 2019

LIVE IN PEACE WITH GOD AND ALL PEOPLE – Hebrews 12:14

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

Peace with God is the foundation for peace in every area of our life. Jesus is the “Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6) and it’s only through a relationship with Him that we will ever experience true peace.

When we sin, we need to repent and ask God to forgive us, because when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  And in Hebrews we read similar words the Lord told Isaiah: For I will forgive their iniquities and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25).

The first thing we have to do to find true inner peace is to focus on God instead of our situation. That’s easier said than done, but that’s what Paul means when he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Biblical joy is the knowledge that God is in control of our circumstances and allows only that which is good for us into our life as Romans 8:28 tells us: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

James says to consider it joy when a trial comes our way (James 1:2). It’s not that the trial brings joy; it’s what God is doing for us through the trial; as we rest in the Lord. In essence, we worship Him. That’s what Job did when he lost his possessions and his family; he said, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Paul told the Philippians that we should leave our burden with God, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

There might be thoughts from the past that come up from time to time, but we are told not to dwell on the past (Isaiah 43:18) but to think of things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, things are of good report, things that have virtue and are praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8); and to fix our mind on those instead.  Colossians 3:2-3 tells us to “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” To set your minds on things above is to look at life from God’s perspective and to seek after what He desires.

The more we meditate on the things of God, as Paul says, the more we will get to know God and His ways and will know that He is indeed working these things for the good in our life (Romans 8:28). And we will know that “the he Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11).

Remember to never give up! Jesus was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and He’ll be with you in your fiery furnace as well (Daniel 3:25). They were at peace even though they didn’t know whether God would actually keep them alive or not (Daniel 3:17-18). All they knew was that God was with them and would help them through one way or the other. And that’s what we need to realize; God is always with us when we obediently walk with Him.

When we walk with the Lord we draw closer to Him and He becomes our focus; our hearts longs for Him, His presence and peace. When this happens our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow while our worldly desires will decrease. Therefore, draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

We need to accept other people just the way they are.  We are all born with different God-given personalities and were never meant to be the same.

So, if you have good parents, children, spouse or friends that love Christ do not try to change them, accept them for who they are. Enjoy them and learn from them.  The Lord helps us by using others to help us through our struggles, just as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).

Sure, we all have areas where we truly need to change, but only God can change us. The best thing we can do for others is to pray for them and lovingly accept them until God does a mighty work in them.

Please remember that: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18). Knowing that “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9); if we humble ourselves and let Him work in our life.

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