The more and more I read the New Testament and look for patterns of repetition of words, the more I see one word continuously repeated… the word is: Peace.
The word “peace” is found 91 times in the New Testament, out of 91 it’s only used 24 times in the Gospels, so what does that say??
Well the fact it is used more after the gospels would point to me that it’s important to teach peace to the unsaved but it’s even more important for Christians/ disciples to learn that we need to find peace in order to truly live for God.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
Sometimes it’s easy to lose our temper and we can lose our temper with certain people in our lives easier than we lose our temper with others but we should always aim to be like God and God is slow to anger.
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalms 103:8
As Solomon said in Psalms our glory should make us forgive and the forgiveness we give should make us slow to anger.
“The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11
Paul also tells us that by doing this we are able to keep peace and this peace will strengthen our souls, it will give us direction and in a society like today which can very easily misguide us it is therefore important for us to keep peace so that God would guide us to live a righteous life.
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
I just had to use that image when I saw it… too good to miss as it just made me a laugh a bit, credit to the BBC. I guess right now you’re wondering what I mean by “loving others like you’d love an angel”. Well for this I’m using the verse “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 so that’s why I’ve given it the title it has.
A lot of the time when it comes to talking about showing love to your neighbour the passage of the good Samaritan will always be told. So, I’d like to use Hebrews 13:2 instead and hopefully make you think about showing kindness to others in a way you haven’t thought of before. Our challenge after reading that verse is to make sure we treat everyone like an angel of God, what do I mean by that? well i bet if an angel of God came before you and the angel had wings and looked exactly how we might illustrate an angel (even if the bible for the most part would not illustrate them in such a way) and the angel said to you I would like you to point me in the direction of the nearest shop, I’m sure we would not just point the way but in order to look good we would even offer to walk the angel to the shop. So if we would act in this way for an angel of God then we should act in this way towards everyone we meet. Being not just willing to do what is asked but to go the extra mile and do more than is asked.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Remember that we are told to shine like a light before others and so our actions with how we treat people is part of the bright light that we can shine. You might think well I’m not going to be coming across an angel anytime soon but just take another look at the verse from Hebrews “some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” If God sends and angel into your life tomorrow the likely hood is that you won’t know the person is an angel so I would pray that from now on you would treat everyone like an angel remembering that just one day you may show the love of God to an angel and if angels would rejoice over a sinner repenting then I am but sure they would rejoice from seeing you live your life in a righteous manner… in a loving manner.
“I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10