Peace of Mind: What Does It Cost?
A recent story in Newsweek magazine (February 24, 2003) is about living with fear. Geoffrey Cowley writes:
We're living in a "chronic heightened state of alertness and helplessness," prompted by a "poorly defined ...danger that could strike at any time in any form without warning." Such feelings can be as unhealthy as they are unpleasant, impairing immunity, interrupting sleep, and intensifying everything from acne to ulcers ("Our Bodies, Our Fears," p. 44).
How do you respond when the world you live in is interrupted by fear, uncertainty and danger? I suppose one of the most powerful scriptures in all of the bible is found in Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart since as one body you were called to peace and be thankful.
When we read those words its creates an intense desire in each of our hearts because the truth is the one thing we want more than anything else in our life is peace of mind.
Peace. Did you know that since the beginning of recorded history, the entire world has been at peace less than eight percent of the time?
In a study conducted by The Personnel Journal, it was discovered that of 3600 years of recorded history, there have been only 286 years of peace. Even though during this time an excess of 8000 peace treaties were made--and broken.
During this same period of time there have been 14,500 wars in which 3.60 billion people have been killed. History shows us that the world has not known peace. Yet peace is what Jesus promises to his followers.
If we really look at the situation one of the reasons we became Christians, that we read the bible, that we go to church, that we are involved in worship and serving the Lord is we believe that we can find inward peace. Peace can be very illusive its not just something that comes in out of the air, its not something we plug into, it's not something we can get from the wrong sources.
Most people are trying to get peace at the wrong place thinking this is the way to peace of mind. Peace is what most people are looking for but they are lacking because somehow it never seems to fall in place.
Have you seen the bumper sticker that reads,
"No Jesus, No peace"!
Then underneath it are these words,
"Know Jesus, Know Peace."
That's not only a clever bumper sticker; it's also Biblically accurate.
The kind of peace we really need and the kind of peace we really need to seek can only come for God. It can only be bestow upon us by a relationship with Christ. It is not found in a program, it is not found in a plan but it is found in a person. But how do I get that peace of mind?
This world is geared to rob our peace and everything in this world is programmed to take peace away from us. Everything we see on Television, everything we read in the headlines, most of the people around have something to say or do that robs us of that peace of God and the bottom line is it ...
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