peace above all

I am feeling especially bold lately, and it is honestly a little scary. Growing up, my main goal in life was to avoid the wrath of my dad – his job was challenging and he often drank enough to stray from wise choices of words and actions. As an adult, it still makes me respond quite viscerally when there is any dissention or disagreement of any kind. 

In my mind, peace is paramount.

But what I am finding is that peace is not always an avoidance of disagreement or negativity, but is sometimes a mandate to actively and effectively remove that which brings chaos, evil or distraction.

To bring peace means to battle for love.

In your space today, where is there chaos? Where do you lack peace? Wisdom? What can you discard, walk away from, or remove in order to restore order and allow God’s Word to reign above the daily routine and challenges of life?

There are 21 references to peace in the book of Leviticus. For those of you unfamiliar; Leviticus is essentially God’s play book for His people. The book of rules. The book nobody could live up to.

So God sent Jesus – the bible tells us that Jesus came to fulfill the law – He was the final sacrifice because we as humans just couldn’t get it right.  So much of how the ancient Jews lived in their daily lives, was to the end of finding peace with Him. They made sacrifices, followed rules, repented daily, memorized scriptures…. But God sent His son, JESUS, who was the final sacrifice for us. And, it opened up access to all people to come to a saving knowledge of God.  Essentially, all that is left now is to repent of our old life, give ourselves over to Him, His plan for us, His ways, and trust that we are in the hands of a loving and gracious Father whose goal is for life in Him.

Him = peace (in all things).

John 3:16 – “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

Matthew 10:34-47 – “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
 

C’mon, somebody, THAT is a good word!! May you find the strength, fortitude, courage, boldness and faith to actively move in your own personal space and allow His supreme peace in!!

Shalom.

 

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