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And herein is wisdom. Our minds must be stayed on Him. And, He is love -1John 4:8,16
    What is a way that could be used, if for example you have to be around a person who hates you, or perhaps a particularly obnoxious 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, etc.? 
    David 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."
Psalms 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 me."

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 Velvet.and.Mullholland Drive), founder of.David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education and World Peace ... http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/  

In all relationships we should endeavour to bring peace to them -Ephesians 4:3."Endeavouring.(think about what you could possibly do to better the situation).to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
    As 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 all men."
    David didn't 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.
    Those 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 them. 
    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 -Philippians 1:9,10).and 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 and crave. 
    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 as this. 
    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". 
    People do change. Alcoholics change, sex perverts, abusers 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. 

The gospel.(means '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 -Romans 12:18

Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Lack 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 warring nature are things that are learned -Isaiah 1:17; 2:4.(also same in Micah 4:3); 2Peter 1:2-4. The way of peace is something God can guide us into now -Luke 1:79. For 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? 
    What 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 different!
    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 life style.
    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 overt 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 all 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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