Being People of Peace In An Angry World

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

god brings peace
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that Americans in general are in a bad mood these days? Whether you listen to talk radio, watch the evening news, or read the newspaper, all you will find is a litany of complaints about what is wrong with our world.  I can’t remember the last time I heard anything positive on the airwaves or read anything uplifting in the paper. Even the pulpits in many of our churches have been reduced to nothing more than soapboxes to declare what is wrong with the world. Yes, there is definitely much that is wrong with the world today and I am not suggesting that we pretend everything is okay, but I am afraid we have become a culture that feeds on chaos and have lost our appetite for peace.

How can we as Christians live in peace in a world filled with anger? According to the scripture above, it starts with our minds. The world only thinks about what is wrong but Paul admonishes us to think about what is right. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to complain about in today’s world, but we can’t let our minds focus on those things. If we can discipline our minds to think on the things mentioned above then we will find peace. It takes practice, but once you start, it gets addicting. Let’s be different than the world. Instead of spreading bad news, let’s spread the good news! Isn’t that what we are commanded to do?
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