Please note: The audio message contains more content than the written message below. Also, please forgive me for the first few moments of this audio message where you can hear my windbreaker moving across my body as I walked around outside. The microphone was sharper than I expected [*smile*].
Please listen to today’s message, instead paying attention to my words and the blissful sounds of nature in the background. Thank you!
Peace comes from within, so we must turn inward, pulling out and bestowing upon others this gift.
The scripture says to “work at living in peace with everyone”.
That first word is “work”, which means that it won’t be easy, but it’s always worth it.
That last word is “everyone”. It didn’t say “someone” and it didn’t say, “your loved ones”.
It said that we have to work at loving every single human being, and it doesn’t matter their gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, hair texture, skin color, ethnicity, race, tribe, nationality, education level, capabilities or limitations.
We’re supposed to live in peace with every single person.
There’s a level of effort that we need to invest in order to make this process possible.
Sometimes we won’t feel like sharing much or any space with others, but we must work at it, not for (or just for) their sake but for our own. You can call it a positive selfishness, if you want. The only way we will have peace within is by doing our part to declutter and detox the environment around us.
There’s no way to have peace within if you’re mad at someone else. There’s no peace when you’re plotting and planning chaos towards others. We can’t cause strife and then think we will have internal peace.
It’s just not possible.
Work each day to reflect God’s light, His love, His joy, His steady calm.
Pause and reflect before speaking, making sure the words you use are intentional and come from the heart.
This is something I’m working on.
Oh how I can let the venom flow, slicing and dicing at rapid speed.
It takes great effort to be a jerk. It’s much easier to be loving.
If all you know is arguing and fighting, and you spend a great part of your life with your face in a frown and your heart rate sky high, what peace could you possibly relish here on Earth?
So when that day comes that you transition from this level of existence, what do you think the next level is going to be like?
If you’re a hell raiser here, what are you going to be there?
I recommend you get things right this go around so you don’t face an even tougher uphill battle in the next round.
Just a suggestion!
Fill me with Your peace Father, so that I might reflect Your light outward to touch others in love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Questions of the Day
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