We Are Not Without Hope

Praying that as you read this, you know that you are seen, known, and loved today.

Last weekend Matt shared with us on the church at home video about how we fight fair. To give you an idea on how this is sometimes a challenge for me, I kept saying all day it was about fighting well, not quite the same sentiment.
When I was reflecting on this, I started thinking about all the fighting that is going on in the world at the moment. We as humans, we can feel so insignificant, so helpless, we ask ourselves, what can we possibly do? Then there is the questioning, who’s right in all of this, as a Christian what should be my political/ moral stance?

We can feel hopeless and yet we are not without hope!
It can be difficult to know what to do, where we as individuals and the church fit into all of it. How can we make a difference?

The Bible over and over again calls for us to be peace makers and peace bringers. This doesn’t mean that as individuals we are able to make everything in this world good. But we can influence and bring peace in our situations, where God has called us to. We can pray for God to bring His ultimate peace. Here are some things that God tells us through His Word about peace.

‘Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification’. Romans 14:19

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’. Matthew 5:9

‘If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone’. Romans 12:18

‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness’. James 3:17-18

Ultimately we need to remember though that our fight is not against flesh, but against principalities, powers, darkness and wickedness. I was really drawn to this passage from the message version of scripture.

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity’. Corinthians 10:3-6

So this week I encourage us all to be the kind of peace bringers and makers that this passage talks about. Let’s demolish corrupt culture. Let’s stand up for what is right and just, let’s not go along with the crowd if it grieves Gods heart. Sometimes that means we stand out, we don’t get involved in the work gossip, or talking behind someone’s back. We choose how to act Christ like in all situations. We prefer other people above ourselves. We put our faith and hope in Jesus and not in man or ourselves.

I pray that you will be awesome peace bringers and makers in your lives this week.

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