Sunday, September 23, 2018
Topic: Peace and Longsuffering
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Peace and longsuffering are important ingredients in our walk of righteousness. The word “peace” comes from the Hebrew word shalom, which means salvation and deliverance. It is a sense of completeness, wholeness and contentment. Peace is stillness and quietness of the spirit and soul. It is a state of orderliness in a person’s life (Psalm 46:10).
There are many people in churches who don’t have peace with God. A good number of believers don’t have peace within themselves. The absence of peace with God and the lack of internal peace makes it difficult for believers to have peace with one another (Hebrews 12:14). Troubled relationships exist in many churches and homes but I pray that, “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7.
Longsuffering is the ability to bear with something for long. It is the grace to wait for the appointed time (2 Timothy 2:3-5). Impatience causes a good number of believers to become patients in the hospital of spiritual casualties. Emulations, strife and seditions are the products of impatience. We must be patient in waiting for the results of ministry. People who want quick results in ministry use dubious means to obtain results and end up disgracing themselves and disappointing their followers.
Pray that the peace of God that passes all understanding will fill your heart and rule in your relationship with God and man. Pray also for the grace and ability to wait for your appointed time.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)