Welcome to the Bible for Busy People. We are exploring peace in God’s Word. This week it makes me think of the story of Noah and the arc. Remember when Noah sent the dove out to see if there was dry land and the dove brought back the olive branch? And since then, that has been a sign of peace.
Well, you and I are like that dove searching the pages of the Bible to see what God has to say about peace. So, join me in 1 Peter chapter three, beginning in verse eight.
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When my kids were little, we used to have so much fun playing hide and go seek, although I pretty much knew where to find them each time. We had this covered area under the TV that was gigantic, and both my kids could fit in there, and I always knew to look there. Do you know that if you seek peace like the Bible tells us to do, you will find it.
Hi, I’m Erica welcoming you to the Bible for Busy People. We are exploring peace in God’s word. This week it makes me think of the story of Noah and the arc. Remember when Noah sent the dove out to see if there was dry land and the dove brought back the olive branch? And since then, That has been a sign of peace. Well, you and I are like that dove searching the pages of the Bible to see what God has to say about peace. So, join me in 1 Peter chapter three, beginning in verse eight.
Finally, all of you should be of one mind, sympathize with each other, love each other. As brothers and sisters, be tenderhearted and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. For the scripture, say, if you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace. The Bible is telling us right here, God is telling us to search for peace and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers, but the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.
This, to me is such a beautiful mission that God is giving you and giving me. He is sending us out to search for peace and work to maintain it. I’m thinking of a garden right now, and I’ll tell you why. There’s a famous prayer from St. Francis of Assisi. Listen to this,
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me so love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. St. Francis’s prayer is absolutely lovely. I want to be an instrument of his peace. Look at what he’s saying there. Let us so love where there is hatred. Pardon where there is injury. Hope where there is this despair.
You see, you and I eat the fruit we plant. When we so love, we’re gonna reap love in our lives. It’s a beautiful picture. So, when the Lord invites us to go on a search for peace, not only are we gonna find it, but we’re gonna work to maintain it. It’s this garden in our spirits that you and I can tend to on the daily. When we search for peace and find it and work to maintain it, we are going to reap peace. We are going to partake as well. Doesn’t that just fill your cup today knowing that we have a role in promoting peace on this planet. It’s a mission straight from God, and it’s good for us too. All right, until next time. You are so loved.
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