Colossians 3:15: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

If God’s peace is like a river, I want that river to take me wherever it leads, and in peace go wherever the Lord sends me.

Here is an aspect of God’s peace:  We are called to live in peace with one another as opposed to being divided in hatred and strife; we are called to respect and appreciate our differences as opposed to being hostile and resistant to anybody who’s different from us.

Actually, if it makes sense to not put God in a box, neither do people belong in one.  Let’s rather celebrate our differences instead of getting upset.  This is a good rule of thumb that can be applied to any situation where we don’t have the same outlook on life.  What if we don’t share the same political opinion? Praise the Lord for a wide variety of viewpoints!  How boring would the world be if we agreed on everything?  Praise the Lord for open-mindedness!  Could you imagine where we would be without curious and exploring people questioning the status quo?  Let’s be thankful for those questions, thankful for conflict arising out of these questions and thankful to God who guides us through the mystery and gives us peace in the midst of the unknown.

“Mystery in the mess is God’s faithfulness; He didn’t make the mess but sees us through. As we get swept away by the waves of His love we might as well enjoy the rocky ride” (Tides of Change by Bill & Evelyn Snyder)

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