Tag Archives: Christ

The Peace of God

My study about coming unto Christ brought me to the words of Paul in Philippians 4.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Paul is instructing us not to worry excessively about things and be prayerful.  I have felt worry, anxiety, and fear because of situations in my life,  and I have also felt the peace of God swallow up fear through prayer.  More importantly,  the peace of God is not a temporary state but a constant force in our lives when we do what Paul counsels in verse 8 and seek after things that are virtuous,  lovely,  and praiseworthy.

Upon reading this I asked myself this question: How much time do I spend with the virtuous, lovely,  and praiseworthy? Am I keeping company with good things or do I wallow in debasing filth masquerading as good?

Paul counseled us to think on truth,  honesty,  and purity,  not lie, deceit, selfishness, pride,  violence,  anger, and immorality.  True, these things are part of life,  but they do not and should not dominate our thoughts,  or be the principle characters in our minds.

I think what Paul is telling me here is that I need to pray and learn to live in the peace of God that will lead me towards truth,  purity, and virtue.  A mind filled with filth is not a mind at peace,  it is not a mind that recognizes and rejoices in truth,  and it is not a mind of purity and virtue.  Today,  more than ever,  the ability to recognize truth and feel at peace is vitally important.

I am re-examining how I use my time and the things that occupy my thoughts and I hope my children and family will do the same. Let’s strive to bring more good into our minds and more truth and purity into our thoughts, so that we all might rejoice in the peace of God together.

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The Blessings of Faith and Righteousness

I am looking forward to LDS General Conference this weekend and have been reading from the previous session.  I love this quote from Elder Cook:

If the grim realities you are facing at this time seem dark and heavy and almost unbearable, remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of Gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of Calvary, the Savior accomplished the Atonement, which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. He did it for you, and He did it for me. He did it because He loves us and because He obeys and loves His Father. We will be rescued from death—even from the depths of the sea.

Our protections in this life and for eternity will be in individual and family righteousness, Church ordinances, and following the Savior. This is our refuge from the storm.

What a blessing it is to have faith in Christ and “live after the manner of happiness”.

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Christ’s Eternal Love

I too, like Paul, am persuaded.

Romans 8:

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Meekness

Daily Message – February 24th, 2015

Yesterday I had a conversation with the kids about meekness and what it means. Surely when the Savior said “the meek shall inherit the earth” he wasn’t using the most common modern interpretation of the term:

  • overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame. from Dictionary.com

When I looked this up there was one definition that caught my eye – the one marked “obsolete”.

  • gentle; kind.

Kindness, patience, and humility are all synonyms of the meekness used in the bible. Neal A. Maxwell described this well in his talk “Meekness – A Dimension of True Discipleship“. No one would accuse the Savior of being a pushover or passive. He was strong and courageous defending the truth, but He did it in a respectful, loving way – the opposite of the violent nature we often display when we disagree with something. The Savior was submissive to the will of His Father, and His Father’s commandments. He was not submissive or passive towards those who disagreed with Him or fought against Him. Even on the cross His submissiveness was a symbol of His obedience and refusal to conform. He hung on the cross in defiance to the sinful world as an expression of his love and compassion – true meekness!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the true definition of the term meekness is regarded as “obsolete”. It is incumbent on us to show the world what meekness truly is. To be gentle, kind and loving in nature should be more highly valued than selfish aggression and violence. We must follow the true path and demonstrate our devotion to Christ through our thoughts, words, and deeds because He will keep his promise – the meek will inherit the earth through His gospel.

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