March 1, 2013

Raised in Peace

None of us were able to choose the space which we were raised up within,  but there we were.  Some of us had it better than the others; some of us had more stuff than the next guy.  Some of us had more love, while others had no guidance.  While I would like to think that every adult around us did the best that they could, we all know this is not the case.  Some people just care more about themselves and what they want to the detriment of those they are to be caring for.

Even with that being stated, our good experiences do not come from those around us.  Those around us can make our experiences better or a hardship, but no one can define our own life experience except our self. Christ himself, said (John 16:33) "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."  and in 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 it states: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of mercies  and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

Ultimately, where we were raised is just the ground which gave us life.  The people who affected our informative years cannot effect our lives when we are no longer living upon their turf.  Now we alone are accountable for what raises up from within us.  Here is the problem, the torments in life are not from out there........they are coming from inside us.  If you are not keeping your peace, you have no ability to comfort anyone.  Dare I say you will be the crucible of much negative effects, much like trying to cuddle a porcupine.

We have been speaking about trustworthy and faithful relationships.  God is faithful, Christ has taken care of the burden of proof.  Listen to what is going on around you, eradicate the clanging cymbals and hear the still small, wise voices.  There are as many of those around as the blow-hards, you just have to get far enough away from their boisterous blasts to hear the calm grounding things.  James (in Chapter 3  verse 17, 18) wrote for us: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who MAKE peace.

If the people around you are not "those who MAKE peace.....don't MAKE a life with them - or guess what....the life made will have NO peace externally.  While you surely can still have peace in this world even in that space....is that really a wise ground to start building your house upon?

We will get to what to do if your house has already been build.  We are just laying the foundation (pun intended ;)  In the mean time meditate on this: 
 
But wisdom that is from above is FIRST pure....THEN peaceable, gentle (and here is my favorite part) WILLING TO YIELD, yes WILLING to yield (no fights about it....just willing!) full of mercy AND good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy (isn't that something?). 

My love to each of you - sweet dreams,
Kisses,
Candace

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