What does the peace of God do?
1. It defies understanding
2. It guards out hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
By the way, what does "in Christ Jesus" mean? Let's find out.
During this study, I read the daily verse as if seeing it for the first time with a blank slate - tabula rasa. Then I pray (talk to God), meditate (listen to God) and write. Finally, I try to get a somewhat big picture.
With that in mind, I asked myself, so how do I get the peace of God? In fact, I'd wager to bet so many people in my circle and the world are seeking peace!
Notice how verse 7 begins with "and". When I see the word "and" in a writing, I naturally look to what came before. Do you?
When I read the previous verses, I read this:
In short, to obtain the peace of God,
2. Be Gentle.
4. Pray With Thanksgiving
Four steps to the peace of God and they begin with rejoicing. Interesting, huh?
Oh Abba, these last few days have been challenging, but Your people, music and faith got me through with victory. You are so faithful to us! Help me, I pray, to remember these for steps to Your peace! Amen and amen.
It matches this shawl!