Think of how often our emotions drive us to escape discomfort in any way possible. We numb ourselves, over stimulate and distract our focus on pondering the real reason for our lack of comfort. Why do we seek comfort so much??? Who wants to be stressed, anxious, accountable, responsible for the pain we cause ourselves and others? The list goes on but I will stop there.
Comfort is a state of being comforted. It is a space in which your body feels physically relaxed, where we may have relief from pain or anxiety. Comfort comes from an outside source, whether you go to a person or place or the person comes to you. I will even go as far to say that if the environment has a person of encouragement then there could be a higher form of physical and possibly mental comfort as well.
Now think about peace:
Peace is a state as well. The state is calm and serene. You can define when you are residing in this state due to the freedom from conflict. Even in comfort you can have a vibe which is not tranquil and calm. Peace is a quiet state, free from disturbances or noise. It is a mental serenity where anxiety does not exist. There is harmony among environment and individuals.
We know God tells us to keep our peace, to hold our peace, to extend our peace. He tells us to refrain from violence, avoid senseless arguments, to forgive when someone harms us, but not to allow those who do not repent and strive to be peaceable to enter or stay in our intimate space.
We are told to protect our heart because out of it flows the issues of life. Peace resides in our heart. God searches the depths of our heart or our intent. He tells us to be mindful of all we do and not to grieve His holy spirit, which resides within our depths. He also tells us we can prevent conflict ~ to be at peace with others as far as it depends on us. But others “bother” our peace……..speaking for myself at least. I am sure no one else has this problem.
In fact, as I am typing this, my peace is being bothered due to people who seem to be oblivious to others in their midst……..
What I have had to come to the realization of is that keeping my peace is up to me. Leaving, when others do not desire to be considerate, is up to me as well. If others care enough about me and desire to have me around, they must return the peace I extend. God expects us to speak up, in humility and love, so that others may realize the gravity of their actions. What they do with that information is between them and God. We do not speak up to be unkind or cause them discomfort – actually it is just the opposite. If you love them, you will encourage them to move beyond their desire for comfort and reach the higher state: PEACE, Shalom. But remember they were given the right to free will. Leave them in their state and you travel on to yours.
The problem seems to be that people do not desire to leave the comfort of their discomfort to move on. Realize this also though, look back at the definition; they do not want to be alone in their discomfort either – they need some outside source or place to ease their pain. God is their ever present help in their time of discomfort. He does not want you to hang around and comfort them when they are causing their own discomfort, as well as the discomfort to others. So move on and hopefully they will find the strength to come into the state of Peace.
Comfort is actually the enemy of peace – Think about it…….please, think about it. I know I am!
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