Published 10:20 am Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Peace is elusive. Whether in government, private institutions, public forums, fellowships of faith and even families; it is difficult to find. When our hearts become unsettled, we look for that which will settle it, but nothing will. So as we search and plot and scheme to fill the unsettled void, we perform the opposite of peace.

A friend of mine writes, “The reason we live in a world that is in conflict is because we have hearts in conflict. We want to institute the rule of Christ in our hearts, but He must replace the reign of self – with all its fears, ambitions, passions and false hopes. However, that takes time. Human beings in such turmoil find it difficult to live in peace with others, whether it is at home, on the job or in the church. Those who cannot get along with others are those who are uncomfortable with themselves. Those who are at peace within, are most often at peace with others.”

Look at Jesus on the cross, Stephen before the Sanhedrin and Paul in city upon city – they did nothing out of conflict, they lived at peace for they were at peace with God.

Are you fruitful in peace? Do you know what you dislike about yourself? Are you willing to go to God with that and ask for understanding and transformation? It is my hope that you will find peace, that it will alter your perspective and it will define God’s purpose for your life.

Tim Beck is pastor of Kenbridge United Methodist Church. His email address is revtimbeck@gmail. com.