Without the presence of peace, perhaps a do-over is overdue

When a godly do-over is overdue, it’s time for repentance. If I refuse to see the evil in me, I can’t accurately see it in others. Matthew 7:5.

Anger is a sign of poor self-management — of self-control taken over by feelings. The better you manage your thoughts and behaviors, the less angry you are at others.

Unhappiness happens when we point to other people and blame them for our pain. Sometimes the people you think are in your way, were put there by God.

No matter how you feel, you can use words that heal. Belligerent people are advertising their immaturity. When love is real, it heals. Use some peace weapons: listening, kindness, understanding, mercy, compassion, humility.

Conflict tears a country up. The best patriots are peacemakers! When peacemakers are few, anger will stew. A nation can’t be great without following Jesus’ “greatest commandments” — love.

It takes strength to continually contend for peace. It’s easier to spout hostility.

True peace isn’t just absence of violence. It’s the absence of anger and bitterness.

Fact checking annoys people who have prematurely made up their mind. If you’ve ever believed a lie, you might be believing one or more lies now.

When our lives don’t demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, we’re offline with God. Hey fellow humans: The living Jesus can give you supernatural peace and fill you with compassion for everybody. He said that His followers aren’t of this world. We’re called to focus on things eternal, not on a temporary human government.

Church has trained people to listen to only one person and diminished people’s discernment. When Christians are trained to blindly follow a pastor, they will blindly follow a politician.

People were continually “amazed” by Jesus in the Bible. When were you last amazed by Him?

Eyes on the livig Jesus;
Behold the Lamb of God,
Is the King of Kings!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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