Study 8

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:7

We need peace and lots of it.

How does a person receive peace? I believe peace comes from having a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we live as God’s redeemed child, He gives us peace in our lives. When we spend time nurturing our relationship with Him by engaging in the Spiritual Disciplines (Foster, 1978), we exchange our anxiety for His peace.

One of the disciplines I love the most is confession. If I am feeling anxious, I like to get alone with God and spend some time being honest with Him. I tell Him (even though He already knows) what I feel is really going on with me: I do not trust Him to work out the details, I am behaving selfishly, I do not feel like doing something, I am tired of what I am experiencing or whatever it is that is bothering me. When I tell God the truth and admit my shortcomings, I become more open to receiving His grace and forgiveness. Clearing the air in the most important relationship in my life always gives me a fresh perspective on the day and renews me.

A few notable quotes by Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God, 1692)
“The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company, speaking humbly and lovingly with him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way”.

“That when he had failed in his duty,
he only confessed his fault,
saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise,
if You leave me to myself;
it is You who must hinder my falling,
and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it”.

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