Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.
Since time began, people around the world have searched for peace in different ways – some write or sing songs about peace, others take a ‘time-out’ to ‘find themselves’ and find peace, while others will go on pilgrimages in search of peace, some have even waged war just to protect the peace they currently live in. Sadly what they find is a temporary form of peace that the world offers us, rather than true peace that can only be found in God.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27 (NIV)
When we put our trust fully in God, we will find calmness of mind and body and tranquility of spirit. The more of ourselves we give to God, the more of His peace we can experience.
In turn God wants is to be His instrument of peace, by sowing love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy in the world. We can then help others with know and experience God’s peace.
Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of his one body. And always be thankful.Colossians 3:15 (The Passion Translation)
Make me a channel of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me bring you love; Where there is injury, your healing pow'r, And where there's doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace: Where there's despair in life let me bring hope; Where there is darkness, - only light, And where there's sadness, ever joy. O Spirit, grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love with all my soul. Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, In giving to all that we receive, And in dying that we're born to eternal life.