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The Lenten Journey 2018: Peace by Peace

LaNiciaWilliams“Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.”

Hebrews 12:14-15 MSG

An Offering of Peace

I was taught by my grandfather at an early age to live a life of peace. I must admit it has taken me a long time to fully understand this piece of wisdom, as I first had to find peace inside of myself before I could offer it to anyone else. I was also taught to fight for what I believe in, to protect myself from predators and bullies, and to stand up for others. Finding the balance of living in peace while fighting for what I believe in has not been easy, but one this scripture admonishes us to do.

Over the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in protests, marches, and cyber bullying. We have been urged to resist, rise up and fight back. We see media coverage day after day of people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. It seems as if our current mechanisms of “resisting” are out of line with what scripture has called us to do: work at getting along with each other and with God. Make sure no one gets left out. How is our current climate of “fighting back” being projected to the world and translated through our actions?

Even when we think we are doing good, sometimes how we go about doing something proves to be more harm than good. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. When we rise up, are we adding more fuel to the fire, or are we truly pursuing peace with others? Are we the fragrance of Christ or are we thistles gone to seed and ruining the garden?

Reflection
1. Living in peace has to be intentional.
2. Pursuing peace with others cannot happen without first finding peace within ourselves.
3. God’s desire is for us to help each other and not fight against one another.
4. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. (Mat 5:9)

Let us Pray:

Dear Lord,
Thank you for planting the seed of peace within us. Please help us pursue peace with our neighbors even when we don’t agree with or understand each other. Help us to remember the peace of Christ, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

LaNicia Williams
Wheeler, Oregon
http://www.iamchangedliving.com

 

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  1. Yvonne Means says:

    Our peace is fueled by our acknowledgement of the wrongs in the world AND by our actions to stand up against them. There can be no peace when we see injustice but fail to act. That stance breeds anxiety, hopelessness and despair. God expects us to be our brothers keeper.

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