“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~Romans 15:13 (NRSV).
God’s reality is peace, and this peace God wants us to grasp, most particularly between the ears and within our hearts.
Redeeming this peace is easy, but it doesn’t come without a journey — inward to ourselves, and obviously, in that, into the heart of God.
Inward to Ourselves
This journey inward is the essence of truth.
It understands that we are what we think and, though we rarely consider it, we can change what we think at any time we choose.
Going inward to ourselves — the God apportioned version of us; that reality — is hence about grasping God’s perception — a clear picture — and accepting it. If we knew what God really thought of us, we’d be much less bothered by what we typically think. Our self-absorbed concerns would be much less.
Instead, the journey inward is learning about what our lives are trying to tell us.
All the evidence of God, so far as what is plain to the good life, is evident by our own honest sight. Life is simpler than we make it out to be. The lies we believe only complicate life.
Truth is getting us both to ourselves and to God.
The Freedom to Think in Peace
Belief in God, real belief in truth, peace and joy, and the freedom to think are all intertwined. There are other components I’m leaving out.
God owns peace, as God owns love, wisdom, grace, faith, hope and truth.
True peace is only available through faith in God.
Freedom to think in peace is, therefore, a gift of God — apportioned by the Presence of the Holy Spirit in our momentary lives.
There is a high and strong correlation between accepting truth and the prevailing peace in a person’s life.
Truth and peace are highly interdependent. Truth empowers our grasp on faith, hope and love, and peace is the end result.
What we’re discussing is actually the keys to peace; to obtaining God’s peace — to be powered that way.
A Choice – To Align, Then Adhere, to God’s Will = Peace
As most things are, and this one being no different, being powered by God’s peace is a choice. Adhering more and more to the truth enables more and more revelation — God’s inflection revealing his will.
Then it’s simply a matter of doing it — God’s will. Then there’s peace.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.