And herein is wisdom. Our minds must be stayed on Him. And,
He is love -1John 4:8,16.
is a way that could be used, if for example
you have to be around a person who hates you, or perhaps a particularly
person who may be bothering you, causing you to fret,
a person you have a hard time liking, an obstreperous
coworker, someone who persecutes you, a bully,
also had the same things to deal with.().as
most of us today. David's words in these Psalms -Psalms
109:3-5 "They compassed me about also with words of hatred and fought
against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries; but I
give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good and hatred
for my love."
38:10-17 "My heart panteth, my strength faileth me. As for the light
of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof
from my sore and my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my
life lay snares for me. And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things
and imagine deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not and
I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that
heareth not and in whose mouth are no reproofs. For in thee, O LORD, do
I hope. Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise
they should rejoice over me. When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves
against me. For I am ready to halt and my sorrow is continually before
What is real peace for the world?
"Real peace is not just the absence of war, but the absence of all suffering,
all negativity", "With meditation the black cloud of negativity dissolves."
... David Lynch, movie director.(Oscar
nominations for.The Elephant Man, Blue
Drive), founder of.David
Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education and World Peace
all relationships we should endeavour to bring peace to them -Ephesians
about what you could possibly do to better the situation).to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
much as you possibly can with living within the principle of balance, do
things people like, not what they don't like Romans
12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
let things like this bother him. He simply understood that he meant them
no wrong and he prayed for them, that they too would come to know God as
he did. In this is harmony.
who may be difficult to like, much less – love, have become that way due
to circumstances and mindsets born of confusion, perhaps abuse – mentally
and/or physically, etc. No matter how bad a person may appear, think of
it as the best they are able to be with you at any time you may encounter
I think of such people like this:
That they were once a little boy or girl, that they must have had some
bad things occur to them to make them the way they now are with me.(presuming,
of course, that I've done nothing to cause them to react badly toward me
that they have emotional ups and downs which further plague their personality.
When others antagonize you undeservingly.(an
error you did not mean to have caused), realize that where
they are today is a result of the toll life may have taken on them, that
they were wholly inept in dealing positively with.
Obnoxious people are really saying
'no one loves me and I hate it'. By being
that way, obnoxious individuals receive the attention.(part
of love).that all of us need
Being very kind and showing care and
concern, even as clumsily
as you can, may not have an immediate effect. But consider, who else
is going to treat them that way? Not many. Probably, not any. Most will
repulse from them.
Consider the wacky world we live in
that we must all deal with: We have the sociologists on the one hand telling
us that its important to give and receive hugs daily. And the feminists
on the other hand saying, "if you touch me, I'll charge you with sexual
harassment". All of us have been affected by confusion in society such
Your concern for this obnoxious individual
may not make a difference for years. But someday in the future, that individual
will look back and say to him/her self, that "there was a person who really
cared, a person who saw something in me and liked it, and oh how badly
I mistreated him/her".
change, sex perverts,
and crooks – do change. Not all of course, but some do. Why not all? There
can be no change unless one has vision for the future -Proverbs
29:18. Many decide to change and later fall back. Jesus told someone."...go
and sin no more". He just didn't say "sin no more".(John
8:11).and He wasn't getting
after her to 'just go away from me'. Maybe more would
want to change if we treated them with some love and concern and showed
some hopefulness toward them rather than rejection and urged them to go
onward in their lives, perhaps providing some acton paths for them.
What a wonderful feeling to know that
you have had a part in helping a person become a better individual. You
may never see it. The person may have long moved on from you. But you'll
be rewarded for your actions of love and concern and helpfulness -Daniel
12:3. Pray for others.
'good news').is a gospel of
peace -Ephesians 6:15. And we should
be at work in our lives ensuring that as much peace as possible occurs
4:7 "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
of peace comes from self, and peace,
from God. Focus on the spiritual. Saturate your mind with the truths
of the Bible. Study. The way of peace is something
we can know -Romans 3:17; Isaiah
59:8-14. A peaceful or
nature are things that are learned -Isaiah
same in Micah 4:3); 2Peter
1:2-4. The way of peace is something
can guide us into now -Luke 1:79.
others not wanting that guidance...
So just what did Jesus
mean when He said that about peace and bringing a sword?
If peace comes from God, lack of peace
has to do with the self's involvement in life.
If God gave you peace in your life so that you were completely and constantly
content, what need would you have to seek and pursue God once He opened
your mind to Him?
good is a battery with only one polarity? It's useless. It can't do anything.
So God designed things so there would always be contrasts and balance.
We think in contrasts. We learn from
contrasts. We see how horrible something is and decide to want never to
be like that, etc. We know the good because we can see the difference when
comparing the opposite. We appreciate the sunshiny still and gentle breeze
days so much more after a long bout
of cold cloudy 'angry' rainy weather.
We have negative and positive.(example),
high and low, fast and slow, acid and alkaline, life and death, hunger
and fullness, male and female, light and dark, up and down, good and evil,
joy and sadness, sun giving light – its hot, moon receiving light – its
cold, fire and water and on and on.
God uses contrasts too. Consider the old
and new covenants.–.drastically
Thank God that He is a
God of balance. What if He wasn't? What if He set the weather patterns
up so results would be just snow and snow, day after day, say for 10 months
of the year? After shoveling for a few weeks and seeing no end in sight
to the continually falling snow, you would have to drastically change your
You may move to where there wasn't
snow, but what if also it was just so hot that it was dangerous to go outdoors?
Thank Him for what he has designed;
that life for the most part is relatively comfortable, though we often
complain about inconveniences that seem like big negatives. We just will
never get any big negatives from God.
The tough part of life often comes
from government regimes, regimes
which subjugate people in various
and subtle ways, mostly controlling
populaces by controlling money in its various forms. But God is in control
of all, has set it all up for his 'human processing factory', to bring
to Him, but each individually in a way which He determines.
Each day has enough evil in it to cause us to move forward
-Matthew 6:34. But for
some it's sadder.
One reason we see the pendulum swinging
back and forth in this seemingly endless, and often trial filled and frustrating
search for what works-–-what
works to get love, works to acquire wealth, security, stable relationships,
and the other things
all of us want – is because we
lack all we need to effectively fashion our individual minds so life
becomes a joy in all areas.....continues
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