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As we seek peace from the only reliable source – God – we find rest for our souls.

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8 For my brothers and companions’ sake
    I will say, “Peace be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your good.

In a world filled with gregarious evil – cold-hearted shootings, vindictive words, and chaotic violence – peace seems elusive and suspicion grows. Anxiety ranks off the charts not only in places of unrest but also in countries of wealth and prosperity. Some wonder if world peace will ever be possible. Yet, the type of peace mentioned in Psalm 122 flows deeper than public harmony and brings security far beyond mindful meditations.

Peace is listed as a fruit of the Spirit – which means it comes from within. True peace comes from God alone. The word of peace spoken over pilgrimages making their way to Jerusalem was a prayer for God’s Spirit to reside within them – come what may. This peace would not only benefit one’s journey but also those walking alongside them. Furthermore, peace and goodness would begin to spread from within them, into their community and into the world. This would become the strategy to bring peace to the city of Jerusalem. Therefore, when the house of the Lord thrives, the city can thrive too.

We seek goodness and peace – not only for individual benefit – but for the sake of Christ and the city. As we seek peace from the only reliable source – God – we find rest for our souls. This inevitably benefits the community around us and extends into the world at large. Yet, we’re not called to be peacekeepers maintaining a false sense of harmony with God and others. We must become peacemakers. This process requires effort on our part – whether we have committed the wrong needing to apologize or find ourselves victim to someone else’s sin needing to forgive. Either way, to allow true peace and goodness into our world, we need to make peace. Today, attempt to share your peace with someone you find yourself at odds with. In this way, you’ll become a peacemaker rather than peacekeeper.

 

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,
and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness
given by the gospel of peace.
– Ephesians 6:14-15

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By Yvonne Biel 

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