March 2017

Peace I Give You

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Scripture

John 14:27 (NLT)

"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."

Consider

What is this "peace" Jesus is promising his disciples? How does it differ from peace the world offers?

Because of this peace, Jesus says, we need not be anxious or afraid. His peace, then, is not the absence of anxiety and fear but instead is the reason we can dispense with them. God's peace is the settled assurance that we are in close relationship with God.

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When You Pray, Forgive

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Scripture

Mark 11:25 (NIV)

"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

Consider

At first glance this passage may seem to say that God withholds forgiveness from us until after we forgive others. We misread the message as, God forgives you only when you forgive others.

A better interpretation reads, if you can forgive others, then God has forgiven you.

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Set Apart

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Scripture

Deuteronomy 7:25-26 (NLT)

You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

Consider

Idols are dangerous because they usurp God's rightful place as Lord in our lives. The idols themselves have no power to control us. Instead, they offer temptations.

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Qualified to Comfort

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Scripture

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Consider

Nobody likes pain. In fact, we take great measures to avoid pain, and when our measures fail, we may look for someone to blame. Pain interferes with the course we've set for our lives. Reversal of fortune, the onset of illness, unexpected grief, disappointment in a relationship—these may seem unfair.

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