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Peace radiates outwards

'Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.' Psalm 119:165 NIV

Life's not always easy. We all experience stress, conflict, deadlines, expectations and personal pressures that 'gang up' on us, trying to rob us of peace. No one is immune to stress, frustration and the feeling that we're on the 'treadmill of life'. When we feel like that, we're definitely not 'at peace'. And the real answer to stress and worry can't be found anywhere apart from God.

The Bible talks about three kinds of peace. (1) Peace with God. 'Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ' (Romans 5:1 NIV). This is eternal peace, and it comes from knowing that we have a relationship with a God who loves, cares, protects and forgives us. (2) Peace with yourself. 'Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts' (Colossians 3:15 NIV). This is internal peace, a sense of calm in our minds and souls which many of us find hard to experience. (3) Peace with others. 'As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone' (Romans 12:18 NIV). This is external peace, and we need it so that our relationships with others work well.

So, here's the process: when you're at peace with God you'll be at peace with yourself, and when you're at peace with yourself you'll be at peace with others. That's how peace radiates outwards.

So what now? Focus on developing intimacy with God at the beginning of each day and experience how the peace you feel afterwards radiates outwards for the rest of the day.

Soulfood: Heb 11:22 Gen 39:1-23 Gen 45:1-11 Gen 50:15-26,

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