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The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI woke up this morning with a chest cold – or – at the very least – some congestion in my chest that has me coughing a blue streak. I would appreciate prayers for my lungs to clear up ASAP. I have a funeral this afternoon and a full day before me. I’m trying to get some down time to help the recovery – but there is so much to do.

As I was doing my morning devotions I ran across this passage – Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  It made me stop and think.  It made me spend time in prayer for the church – the Body of Christ.

As I read that passage this morning – I thought of the colleagues and others with whom I disagree – theologically. As we preach on the gifts of the Holy Spirit at our local congregation – I would love a Word from God – a message of knowledge and of wisdom – that would be so clear on some of the issues we face and where we differ in our understanding – that there would be no room for disagreement.

God knows all and understands all – this is a truth that most of us agree on today. Translating that from God to us is where we have issues. I would love some peace – some clarity – not just for me – but – for all of us.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:4–9 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Today – between coughs – my prayer is for a peace to come upon us all as we struggle to understand God’s wisdom and knowledge. I pray for a supernatural revelation to the church so that we can be of one accord on many issues that divide us – so that we might be able to tackle other issues together. I pray for the peace of God!

Maybe we should focus on verse 8 more.   Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 8, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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