Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Psalms 119:165 NIV
Bringing Peace Into Your Current Lifestyle
Simply being able to define peace and acknowledge that it is ours by the new birth and the work of the Holy Spirit may not be enough? How do we really capitalize on it? How can it become a part of total living? What can a person do to make sure it grows? How can we cooperate with the Spirit at work in us?
By loving His law: The Psalmist, whose own personal life had experienced a few ups and downs of life penned these words centuries ago: “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Ps. 119:165). It’s so easy today to consider the Bible as being out of date and irrelevant to modern-day living. However, it is inspired wisdom of the ages as penned under the direction of the Spirit of God at work in a writer’s life. How foolish to ignore it! Here are the keys to life, to living in peace with God, your fellow persons, and yourself.
Dr. Smiley Blanton, director of the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, was asked if he read the Bible. His answer: “I not only read it, I study it. It’s the greatest textbook on human behavior ever put together. If people would just absorb its message, a lot of us psychiatrists could close our offices and go fishing.
Among the things God’s Word does is that it sets basic principles for peace in the human heart: “underneath are the everlasting arms – love your neighbor as yourself – take no thoughts about tomorrow – you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free – don’t be afraid – great peace have the people who trust in their God” – and a whole lot more! The Bible is the handbook on peace – become familiar with it. As we read it, we become aware of a whole lot of people who were just like us with the same kinds of problems, but because of the peace they found they were able to overcome the obstacles of this life!
Practice Peace: To have the Peace of God ruling our minds and spirits we must put to practice some of the Principles of Peace. It’s not all 100 percent on the part of the Spirit. We have a role to play in developing this harvest of fruit. “Let (YOU let) the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to Peace. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish (warn) one another with all wisdom” – Colossians 3:15-16.
Peace can come into our hearts by letting it rule in our minds and actions. This was the peace of mind, heart, and character which Jesus always exhibited in His life on this earth. This was especially evident during the trying hours of the ordeal of the trial and crucifixion.
He set the example! He is the pattern!
We are to let, grant permission, allow, condone, approve, authorize, and consent to allow the Peace of God to work in our living!
Robert Strand – Nine Fruits of the Spirit
A Bible Study on Developing Christian Character – Peace