Sunday, November 17, 2013

INNER PEACE

The individual is designed to be one. Created by God to be undivided in all parts including mind, body, soul, and spirit. This is our natural state. To be in harmony with self is essential since the alternative is division, confusion of thought, beliefs, values, direction and actions. There must be inner peace. And we are designed by God to be in harmony with His creation and with our fellow man. There is a beautiful balance in the creation which is designed so by God. Food, water, air and all things are perfectly balanced and in harmony with man - at least in the beginning. And this peace also, and especially so, is with Jehovah God. The gracious and loving, heavenly Father, made the first man and woman in His own image. Man knew God intimately and there was peace.

Sin is the robber of peace. Sin entices, teases, lures, and flirts until the person gives in and then sin rips him apart. Peace and joy in the heart and mind is shocked with the cruel, morning after, reality of sin. The family love is dashed to pieces so that a son sins to put his will ahead of God's. A man destroys the peace with his blood brother when the sin of pride and self-will are given a foothold. What was a beautiful relationship with the Heavenly Father becomes a chasm impossible to cross. Peace is destroyed because of our sin.

We can't have peace if we have sin that we hide and refuse to repent of. The Psalmist David knew this and his words reflect the lack of peace he had as a result. He said, "3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin."  Psalm 32:3-5. When we have hidden sin that we have not brought to God, confessing and with repentance, then that eats away at that Inner Peace (IN). When David repented and was once again in a right  relationship with God,  He said, "Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart. " Psalm 32:11.

God has a plan in His Son. Jesus is our peace. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," Rom 5:1. You can have peace. Repent and be baptized and you will have peace with God, Mk 16:16.  - Dan Mayfield

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