Thursday, September 11, 2008

Words of Encouragement

What an interesting picture of being at peace?  Why isn't the animal raging and running like you would expect?  Instead he sits still with these birds resting upon his back.  What a spiritual picture of what we should look like.  When our natural tendency is to rage, we can be still.  Even when the many things in life have decided to rest upon our backs, we can keep still and at peace.  Why?  Because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. - Proverbs 14:29-31

Peace of God. Peace brings benefits. Have you seen those kinds of people that blow up for the slightest things?  You know the type everything upsets them and you would tell them to calm down but you are afaid they will blow a gasket. Did you know that when you do not have the peace of God, you easily become a quick-tempered person?

It is when you have the peace of God in your heart that you are able to think first before you would act.  A peaceful heart becomes a filter to all reactions.  So when things happen that would normally upset the average person, you are able to respond calmly.

There are benefits to having the peace of God.  Not only are you able to stay calm in situations but you are also able to stop the effects of stress that would ravage your body.  Did you know when you are stressed out, angry, frustrated and unable to calm down, that has negative chemically affects on your body?  So the opposite then has to be true.  When you have peace it is a chemical benefit to your body. 

Lord today help us to have a peaceful heart with gives us great benefits.  We receive not only spiritual benefits but physical ones as well.  Lord thank you today for your peace, which passes all our earthly understanding.  Help me today, feel your peace even if situations would try to cause me to be short tempered and to become upset.