Ah peace at last! What a beautiful phrase. No problems, the absence of war or the threat of violence. Peace is something you can never have too much of.
How can we describe peace? A walk down a slowly winding path, the smell of flowers of different colors. Especially red. I love red and it’s many hues and shades. What’s your favorite color?
You notice a loved one in the distance coming closer. It is relevant to you because you recognise the person. A few drops of rain land on the hand that is outstretched to catch a ray of sunshine. Is that even possible? It doesn’t matter.
There is just enough rain to remind you of it’s other use – it’s what makes things grow you know and not what makes you wet.
As a human being we have a spirit, soul, and body. Anything that affects us will impact these three areas of our selves, even if we are not very aware of it.
Bread is for the body and words are for the spirit. When we feed the body and the spirit, our soul flourishes.
Body is your physical feeling self. Spirit is what makes you alive to get you going from one place to another. Soul is your personality.
Without bread which is food, the body becomes undernourished. Undernourished people cannot carry heavy loads because they are not strong enough. Following this same analogy then, without encouraging words we become weak not in body but in spirit. We lack the drive or enthusiasm to go on. Thus an undernourished spirit cannot carry increased responsibility. The way it plays out in reality, is that as different circumstances come our way we see them as problems when we cannot “carry” them. Unable to handle problems leads to stress.
Then what affects our body and spirit plays out in our personalities – our souls. Are we bold or fearful? Informed or ignorant?
Now there is food that is good for you and food that is not good for you. There are words that are good for you and words that are not beneficial to you.
Furthermore, there are different sources of words too. God’s words and man’s words. God is perfect, man is not. All of God’s words are good and beneficial. Man’s words may be good sometimes. People’s words are therfore not always beneficial because we are not perfect. So we trust God’s words because He cannot lie.
God’s command in the bible is that: “…’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
While we take care of our bodies we should never neglect our spirits.
Why do we need peace? For one thing, did you know that without peace you cannot build?
Build what you may ask?
Build a family, a business, an organisation, a house…
There was once this guy Solomon who was known as the wisest man in the world. He recognized the importance of peace.
He was speaking to Hiram king of Tyre, one day and said: “You know how my father (King) David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence.” 1 Kings 5:3-4 (NKJV)
If we need peace, let’s go to the prince of peace for help. Jesus gives us a good example, because he came on earth to take on the sins of the world. Our own stress is hard enough. How about carrying your neighbour’s problems, or the problems of the world.
How did he Jesus, maintain peace in a sitiuation like that? He relied entirely on God for direction.
At this point, come with me for a moment for an abstract description of how the spirit behaves. A spirit spins around, round and around as a sign that it’s alive or present.
If it continues in that manner without any direction or flow, then the soul becomes dizzy. There is life but no progress. Existence, but no self-expression. God did not make us to be just alive, but to move forward or progress.
With no forward momentum and we are dizzy, it’s like the ground is being taken away from us.
When something spins and spins, the loose untethered material without foundation flies off. If most of your life is without foundation then you will feel like your whole life is about to fall away. You may feel like you are about to die. Since you are not actually dead it seems paradoxical. Maybe I should take my own life, and then there can be some reality you think.
Wrong! It is an illusion that will trick you into taking the final step.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:6-9 (NKJV)
Here are a few more helpful passages to read.
Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” Judges 6:23 (NKJV)
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace… 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 The 5:23 (NKJV)