THE GIFT OF PEACE
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
JESUS GIVES US THE GIFT OF PEACE
Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1
Peace with God is only possible because of Jesus death on the cross for us. When we go through the recovery process we learn through the application of the Twelve Steps He is the One True Higher Power; And, when we put our faith in Him we learn how to depend on His power and strength to overcome our weaknesses.
THE PEACE HE GIVES GUARDS OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Life is full of problems and worries. Peace through the process of recovery may seem like an impossible goal. Step eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose in my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.” Do you want to worry less? Then pray more!
PEACE IS EVIDENCE OF GOD WORKING IN OUR LIVES
What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, Galatians 5:22
If we want to live God’s way we have to get to know Him, we need to love Him and imitate Him. To know His purpose in our lives we need to learn as it says in Mark 12:33 “It is important to love Him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.”