We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, and we also need outer peace with others. God addresses both. He tells us what to do to find both.
Inner peace begins with a relationship with God, and it continues as we focus on His strength and allow Him to fill us. We can exchange our weakness for His strength in any area of life. Personalize the verse above with your own name in it.
“God will keep me, _______, in perfect peace as my mind focuses on Him and trusts Him.”
Inner peace hinges on our trust in God. If inner peace is eluding you these days, choose to put your hand in God’s and draw on His patience and wisdom as you take each step. He will guide you through the maze of life if you ask Him. Choosing to trust God with those blind corners in your life will take you down the road to inner peace. Choosing not to trust Him will take you down the road to stress and worry. Inner peace is there for the choosing when you make Jesus your treasure.
Peace with others begins as we understand that God has called us to be peacemakers in our world.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Is there somewhere in your own backyard where you can be a peacemaker today? Not just a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker? Is there an invitation that needs to be extended to smooth over a fractured family relationship? Is there an apology to be made or a silence to be broken that has stood as a barrier for too long? Don’t miss the blessing God promises in your life as you respond to His call to be a peacemaker in your own circle. We can help bring peace to our world one heart at a time.
“Make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; and Where there is sadness, joy. Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
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