I just want say a word about living in peace. Really it goes against everything we’re taught. We grow up in America where competition is fed to us like a mother’s milk is fed to babies. If you had brothers and sisters you probably felt compelled to compete with them for everything. As a result many feel that they can’t rise to the top, without walking on others. Some have the unspoken opinion that they only succeed when others do not. This competitive attitude makes us critical of others, aggressive, judgmental against those who appear weak or in need. It makes us arrogant, uncaring and cold hearted, unwilling to lift others up. It’s a lie we’ve all been taught all our lives
Here is why competition is not of Christ, when we compete somebody loses. When we are superior, somebody is inferior.
We should ask ourselves what it matters if we’re better and richer than anybody we know, but we lose our souls. Jesus teaches us that the first will be last and the last will be first. There are so many references to peace in the Bible that I couldn’t read them all at one time.
Life is not us against them, life is us and them. Success is not rising to the top on the back’s of others, success is rising to the top together with mutual respect and help. All for one, one for all.
Our prayer for each other and ourselves: Father teach us to continually bless each other in deed and in prayer. Teach us that true success comes when we learn to put others before ourselves. Give us your wisdom and heart Oh God. Makes us feel silly if we look down on others. Destroy that lie, in us, that competition is good. Heal us and destroy those ungodly strongholds we’ve been taught.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Galatians 6:4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else…….
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.