Yesterday morning I had one of the most wonderful Bible studies with a group of about 50 people. We meet every Tuesday morning, and are busy working verse by verse through the Gospel of John.
This one verse stays lingering about in my thoughts since then.
John 14: “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
This is the words of Jesus the last night before His crucifixion. He knows exactly what is coming His way. Yet the final message to His disciples is one of peace. Peace with God. Peace with other people. Peace within yourself.
This is sometimes hard to remember as a pastor: This is why we are following Jesus, and working full-time in His ministry. We chose to love people, and share the peace of God with them.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch- we are still living in a broken world. Jean-Paul Satre might have been very correct when he said: “People is hell”. (Are? remember- 2nd language…)
I have this choice to make today. Do I follow Jesus and extend a hand of peace, whatever the cost/ Or do I listen to Sun Tzu who said something like: When your enemy attacks you, make sure you decide the battlleground and time… (The Art of War- through old memories…)
I want to live in peace with God, other people, and myself. I do not want to go to battle. But when do you have to fight for your happiness, and the happiness of your family? When do you have to stand up for what you believe in, not to be trampled as a doormat?
Sometimes I really need more wisdom than I possess. Today will be a long day of hard choices to make…