Monday, March 20, 2017

Peace Stealers

By Andrea Merrell

It’s amazing how upset we get over things that really don’t matter in the broad scheme of our lives—and eternity.  Just watch the arguments and judgmental remarks on Facebook and Twitter. And let’s not forget about the news.

First, it was the presidential election (actually, it still is to a lesser degree). Then we transitioned to a controversy over The Shack. Some people even want to fuss and fume about the weather. Seems our human nature always looks for something to argue about.

As long as we’re on this earth, there will always be people and situations that challenge, frustrate, and annoy us. The Bible refers to these as the little foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJV) and the cares of this world (Mark 4:19 NKJV). Anything that robs our joy and chokes out the Word in our heart is a peace stealer.

Like joy, peace is a gift from God that we can experience every day—no matter what’s going on around us. But we have to seek it and allow it to rule in our hearts; it doesn’t just automatically drop into our laps. As pastor and author Bob Gass says, “In the middle of life’s storms, you can be anchored by God’s peace.”

This peace is supernatural—beyond human comprehension. It keeps us from falling prey to fear, worry, and stress, and helps our focus to remain on the Lord and His goodness. Peace gives us the stability we need to stand tall for what we believe as we accomplish His will and purpose for our lives.

Make a decision today to pursue the things which make for peace (Romans 14:19 NKJV). Don’t allow anything or anyone—people, situations, the Devil, the media, or even yourself—to be a peace stealer.

What is your biggest peace stealer?

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