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Today from our readings, we see on of those passages that we all know, that we have probably quoted from or heard sermons about. It’s one of those passages that all of us have at least a vague understanding of. It comes from Philippians 4:6-8:
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
In this passage, Paul talks to us about that peace that passes all understanding. That peace that guards our hearts and guards our minds.
By the way, I love that concept. A peace that guards. A peace that keeps the worry and the evil away. I don’t know about you, but I need that type of peace in my life. I need a peace that protects and helps me.
Paul says that peace will pass all understanding. That peace will be so amazing, so great, that our minds will not be able to understand. There is a peace that is so amazing, folks will look at us and say, how can they have peace? How, with all that is happening, can they have peace?
How? Because that peace is not natural. It is supernatural. It is a gift from God.
But today, look at how we get that peace. We get that peace in this way. Through everything, with pray and supplication, with thanksgiving, we give our requests to God.
And then that peace comes. That peace comes from turning it over to God. It comes from trusting in God. It comes from truly letting go, giving it to God, placing it in His hands.
This peace that passes understanding is not an act of will. It is a gift from God. It comes only through surrender to God. Laying our life, our fears, our worries, our mistakes, our everything, laying them before Him.
And receiving His grace in return.
Today, we can have that peace. But first we have to give “it” to God. Whatever “it” is. Now, we may go back and pick “it” back up. But when we do, each time, return it to the altar. Give it God. And receive His peace.
He loves you. Really. He does. You can trust. And in that act of trusting, you will receive His peace.
That peace that passes all understanding.
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