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The Peace Filled Life

Seek God’s peace in your life; ask the Holy Spirit to show you the path to peace; He will guide you

The Peace-Filled Life
God’s Peace – Part VI

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-11

Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:11

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

These instructions in 1 Peter, chapter 3, have three challenges for every believer. First, we are to turn from evil. Whenever the Holy Spirit points out something in our lives that is dishonoring to God, we are to quickly turn and run from it; getting rid of it. God uses our inner conscience, in other words, to use our guilt meter. When we start feeling bad about say or doing something, as God’s children we can usually tell that it is something we should not be doing. Most of us try to justify it, maybe seeing other believers doing it, thus trying to force that to mean we should be able to do it. However, God knows each of us intimately and it might not be a problem for someone else, yet God knows you better than you know yourself, and He knows it is not good for you. God loves us too much to use a “cookie cutter” approach in directing our lives. You matter too much to God to let you continue doing anything that will bring damage to you, as well as your relationship with your Father in heaven.

The second instruction says: “do good.” Simple enough, when presented with an opportunity to do good for someone, we are to do it. The Holy Spirit will help us; He will get our attention and help us realize it is something we ought to do or be doing in our daily lives.

The third instruction was: “search for peace.” Here is another reference to God’s peace and how important it is to our lives. Are you searching for peace? In other words, are you checking your spiritual temperature enough to know whether you are enjoying the peace of God? Are you living with anxiety and stress, and are you accepting it as “normal”? Seek God’s peace in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the path to peace. He might bring a Bible verse to mind, or to a person to talk to. Keep seeking!

Father grant me your peace. Show me the path to peace and I will be obedient to follow. In Jesus’ Name, amen.