Sunday’s Scripture –June 28, 2020
There is so much conflict, chaos, and division in the world right now. Who doesn’t want more peace?
So often we attempt to contrive peace by controlling our circumstances. But Scripture is clear: the only control we are given is self-control. Control is not a fruit of the Spirit; self-control is.
This means that peace, like love or joy or kindness or any of the other fruit of the spirit, is not dependent upon our circumstances. We can give up trying to control life, which is a futile and frustrating waste of time. And instead, we can decide today to live in the presence of God, where all things are already set right.
Peace is not the absence of conflict or chaos; It is the presence of Christ, which is wherever we are and wherever we go, since we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We don’t have to wait until the issues in our world are resolved or for our personal problems to all be worked out. In fact, we can’t afford to wait that long because none of that is guaranteed until heaven.
So when we start to worry (because we will) and when we feel that familiar desire to control (because we will), we need to turn again back to an abiding relationship with Jesus instead. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not worry about anything, 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 your minds in Jesus Christ.”
God’s peace is a shield, guarding our hearts and minds from worry, fear, and confusion. And it doesn’t have to make logical sense with our circumstances.
Regardless of what storms are raging around you or inside you, let the peace of Christ rule in your heart today. (Col. 3:15) The watching world is desperate for peace, and we have it. We have peace together because we have Christ together.
- Do you tend to think peace is dependent upon ideal circumstances? Your behavior will answer this for you, so take a minute to reflect on your reactions to conflict and chaos?
- What situations, in our world or in your personal life, have caused you to lose your peace? Release them into God’s hands, ask again for His peace, and then receive it.
- Who around you needs some peace? How can you offer them the peace of God and invite them into God’s peace too?