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Choosing Peace

Updated on August 16, 2015

Choosing Peace

As I continue down my list of the fruit of the spirit peace jumps right out at me. I began studying the specific word "peace" written in Galatians 5:22. It means in Greek, "a course of life promoting harmony" (strongs concordance. Eliyah.com). If you were to look in my cupboard you will soon realize stress has become a big part of my life, with all the calming, stress relief teas and ylang ylang oils I am continuously applying. I have had a lot of people tell me, "rightfully so, you have many reasons to be stressed with everything you are going through". After doing this study I kind of have to laugh. I know their words are of concern and giving me the okay to have my occasion meltdowns, but I have to look at the bigger picture. I want to walk in that peace that surpasses all understanding. So I ask myself and I asked the Lord to reveal to me how do I get to that place of peace, "a course of life promoting harmony"? The word praise came to my mind. Praise me through this storm, praise me through the pain, praise me through the tears, praise me in spite of your fears. Praise me. I thought about Paul and Silas in prison. When I always thought of Paul and Silas I thought of the victorious ending of them escaping from prison because of God's miraculous authority. As I read the passage we kind of forget that they were stripped of their clothes and were beaten. We forget that they were flogged and had their feet fastened to stocks. I can't imagine the pain they had endured and the fear that they felt. In the midst of their pain and fear they made a choice.....to praise! To praise the King of kings and the Lord of lords knowing this could cause more pain, more suffering. I go back to Phillippians 4:7, "and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and Your minds in Christ Jesus". So today, I make the choice to, "cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God! And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (1Corinthians 10:5) because, "My thoughts are not your thoughts declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." ( Isaiah 55:8-9). My prayer for myself and those reading this is that, "I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord. Let the humble hear and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed". (Psalm 34:1-22). So I have to choose to praise God regardless of my circumstances and through praising him his peace that surpasses all understanding will envelop my heart, my soul and my mind. I choose peace.

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      thejourney1983 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Paul for your wonderful comment. It means a lot to me.

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      Paul K Francis 2 years ago from east coast,USA

      Beautiful and inspiring hub. Thanks.

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