May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
All month we have devoted time toward how we are to try to gain self control and guard our mouths to help regain peace in our homes. We have considered how we are to model the peace we desire to see. The above verses, however, remind us of the most important way we are to gain peace. Each verse tells us something about how peace comes to us. The following verbs are used "give", "fill", and "leave". These are active verbs. Someone is giving us His peace, filling us with peace and leaving us with peace.
We need to go to Him who gives peace and request the gift of the giver. We need to daily take captive our thoughts and tongues. We need to make the effort necessary to achieve the goal. But mostly, we need to ask the gift of the Giver and be willing to do the work necessary to unwrap the gift.
As we close this month of "Peace" take a moment to review in your mind the verses we've read. Choose the one or two that speak deep to your soul. Begin to pray those words back to God as you seek His help in establishing an environment of peace in your home. No situation is too great of the grace of God.