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God’s Peace

I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. I haven’t felt God’s presence. I get discouraged and fearful as more and more people view Christianity in a negative light. The message of God’s radical love and forgiveness is getting drowned out by hate and judgment. My wife feels uncomfortable at church. My children feel no connection. And I don’t blame them. I know my church is different. We are loving and welcoming. We are committed to serving our community. But that message of hate is getting so loud. It scares me to think of people claiming to be followers of Christ driving a wedge into the hearts of so many people.

I have to remember God’s presence is not dependent on whether or not I feel Him with me. God’s work is happening in this world even if it’s not on the news. God is calling His children to Him. His message comes in a whisper but that whisper is going out all over the world. Those who want to draw closer can and will.

I don’t know what will happen to those that twist the message of Christ, but I do know that it isn’t my concern. My job is to share God’s love. Judgment is God’s. God promises His love to all who seek it. Not just people I agree with. Not just those that go to church on Sunday. I need to be the example of a loving follower of Christ. I respond to God’s message of love by loving others. Even the ones I don’t think deserve it.

I pray a lot. I bring my concerns to Him but frequently I don’t wait around for the answer. I don’t let myself experience God’s promises. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. God offers peace not fear. He’s in control. He’s got this.

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