Proverbs 17 10-17-18

The goal of our lives is peace: Inner peace with God first, and then sharing peace to others. Circumstantial peace is unpredictable.

Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Since inner peace comes first, let’s start with the basics. Christ gives us His peace.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Luke 24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.

We lean on this peace. We hold it as precious. Would that we allowed it to permeate our being everyday.

What brings peace? Paul said that rejoicing in the Lord will, as well as conversing with Him:

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, now we have inner peace. What about sharing peace with others–especially those in our own household?

The key word in the Philippians passage is “gentleness.” We must work to let our gentleness be known to all beginning with our Jerusalem (our own homes), Judea (our daily/weekly place of employment and interaction, which is work and church), Samaria (our neighborhood) and the world.

Much of the study on Love and Respect in relationships is built on being gentle with each other. We are gentle with that which is fragile; many times our friendships should be treated this way. We are gentle with that which is valuable; our relationships are ALWAYS worth treating them gently.

Let’s ask God to help us be gentle today: kind eyes, soft tones, loving touches, and an attitude that treats others as higher than ourselves (Phil. 2:3).

Let’s be Christ to everyone!

Bonus Passage:

Ephesians 4:2-3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

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