Quiet and Peaceable Lives

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1Timothy 2:1-2

Pray more and talk less. We all have an opinion about how things are going in our nation right now. I have never nor will I now divulge my political views on you.  If you ask me I will tell you but I don’t think Christ ever intended for us to be angry sounding boards.  He was patient and compassionate toward the disciples and others when they didn’t understand.  Why aren’t we?

We live in the greatest nation in the world. Why have we become divided? United we stand, divided we fall.  This verse clearly says that we are to pray for all who are in authority.  Not criticize and judge.  Not one of us are righteous enough to judge anyone else unless of course you want to be judged by the One who is righteousness Himself. No thanks, I don’t stand a chance.

I understand disagreements.  I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but is it Biblical? Can you back up with scripture what you say you stand for and what you are shouting about?  These are merely thought provoking questions. Ones that I’ve pointed to myself before. It’s love and unity that I am after.

Prayer changes things. In God’s will of course.  I wonder if we spent as much time praying about it than we have or are arguing about it, if the outcome would be different?  In Daniel 5:21 it says that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them. It’s God who is in control. Everything is happening just the way He has planned in order for His ultimate plan to be fulfilled.

When we respect and pray for those in authority over us, in agreement or not, it brings God glory. There is no favoritism with God. He simply loves us all. And if you have read the whole Bible, those that have professed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is payment for the penalty of sin, win. Plain and simple. If you admit you’re a sinner, believe that Jesus is the restitution for sin, confess that He is your Lord and decide to follow Him (which means everything written in His Word) then it all comes out for your good. Even the things you don’t understand right now.

In difficult days, the world needs to see the light. Darkness can’t expel the light but the light can overtake the darkness. A single match in a completely dark room proves that theory.  The darkness runs and hides from the light for it doesn’t want to be exposed. The light brings truth and power. Is your light shining for Jesus? Love wins.

I am praying for unity. I am praying for peace for our nation. I am praying for everyone with all of their opinions. I am praying for the lights to expel the darkness. I am praying for love and rest in the fact that God is in complete control.  Let’s live quiet and peaceable lives. Won’t you join me?

 

 

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