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Faith: Peace of mind is so important

Examining faith and security.

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And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. - Ephesians 2:17

One of our basic human instincts or needs is security. Great comfort comes from knowing that security is within everyone’s reach.

In security there is strength, just as there is peace in power.

It was once said that, “Our outlook on life is the only thing that can fence us in or set us free.”

If we are at peace with ourselves, no fence is too high for us to climb. If we are aware of true dimensions of life, we possess a courage that can open any gate. God has promised that we may lie down in green pastures.

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These are difficult days in which we live. Many times we come home from work completely exhausted, perhaps even in despair. We have a difficult time of it in the competitive struggle all around us.

And then sometimes when we return home, we find our loved ones close to tears, saying, “I’ve had a really bad day today.” Perhaps our children, after a tough day at school and unable to express what they experienced or are feeling, are acting up as well.

Longing for peace and quiet, we may be tempted to run away; but there is no escaping it. If we have been so busy with the details of life that we have not taken the time to store up any reserve resources, we are indeed in a predicament.

There is a way out of our trouble, and it is definitely not running away. By facing the situation and squashing the fallacy that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence helps us to regain a feeling of security.

The fact is that the grass on the other side of the fence also needs to be mowed and tended to.

If we want true and lasting peace that will help us face days of crisis, we must have an inner peace accrued and accessible in our souls, minds and hearts. That peace will then reveal itself in everything we do - in our manners, our dealings and in our disposition toward others.

For the peace that comes from God makes us more than conquerors through our God who loved us first.

Drew Bakken is pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

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