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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Peace with God, with One Another, and with Ourselves

I am on the Peacemakers International e-mail list, and I periodically receive a mini devotion from them entitled, "Peacemeal". Ken Sande leads this ministry and has written a phenomenal book entitled "Peacemaker". I find these Peacemeal mini devotions incredibly helpful and convicting. I thought I would share some highlights from the one I most recently received.....

If it is possible ... live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

There are three dimensions to the peace that God offers to us through Christ: peace with God, peace with one another, and peace within ourselves. Many people care little about their relationships with God and other people, but they still want peace within themselves. As you will see, it is impossible to know genuine internal peace unless you also pursue peace with God and others.

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflictby Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 44.

Meditate for a few minutes on the following Scripture verses:

Peace with God: Rom. 5:1 "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Peace with others: 1 Thess. 5:13 "Live in peace with each other."

Peace with self: Col. 3:15 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace."

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