Morality (from Latin: moralitas, lit. ‘manner, character, proper behavior’) is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness”.
The True Peace That God Gives
If you are a student of the Bible, am sure you have noticed that God’s perspective is often given in the form of comparison and contrast. For example, He often contrasted the rich and the poor, the wise and foolish, darkness and light, and with respect to our topic, the peace that comes from God as opposed to the peace found in this world. Jesus said, “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives…”(John 14:27)
Clearly, the Master was stating that the peace He gave his followers was different from the peace they could find in the world. When Jesus referred to “the world,” He was speaking of the society and culture in which we humans live.
Have you ever been on a troubled sea? I have experienced storms at sea on several occasions and frankly, I have no desire to repeat the experience ! On the surface, the winds can sweep across the sea at 40, 60, 100 miles an hour, with blowing rain, lightning, thunder, and an overpowering darkness. Waves can rise to 20, 30 even 50 feet high. A ship in such a storm can be tossed about like a toy boat. It’s easy for an ocean going craft to be lost in such storms. But underneath the surface, just 100 feet down, there’s no storm. All is perfectly quiet. No sound. No tumult. Not even a ripple of turmoil.
This remarkable fact makes me think of God’s peace. It gives me an inkling of what our Lord must have been talking about when He promised his disciples His peace. He told them because they were his disciples. But in spite of this, He promised he would never leave those who followed him, and his constant presence would be the means whereby they could experience his peace.
When fears, anxieties, and troubles arise in your life, look for the following signs of God’s peace as it
- Transcends circumstances.
Often, peace is more readily seen and felt in the midst of trial and trouble. But regardless of what you are experiencing, know this: God is your peace. Put your faith in Him.
- Surpasses understanding.
The peace of God is not something we can always figure out. But it’s operative and available to us far beyond our ability to understand it.
- Extends to all His followers.
God’s peace is extended to every person who accepts Jesus as their Saviour, turns from their sin, and pursues a life in obedience to the guidance of God’s word and the Holy Spirit.
- Is an abiding state of being.
In the difficult circumstances of life, the Holy Spirit is present to help. Peace-deep, genuine, God given peace can be “norm” in which you live day to day.
As you move forward in the journey of life, trust and believe that God’s desire for you is to feel an abiding peace at all times-a peace that includes joy and a feeling of purpose in every area of your life.
Why We Lose Our Peace
There’s only one way to experience an abiding peace that transcends circumstances-by faith. Faith is the foundation for living in God’s peace an active, confident trust in his presence and power to sustain and comfort you, no matter the circumstance you face. There are, however, certain issues that can undermine our faith and rob us of our peace. Let’s consider a few of them:
- Sudden Fear
Some people are so accustomed to responding to every little dip and rise of life with fear and small doses of panic that they can’t even imagine there’s another way to respond. They are so upset by change of all types that it never dawns on them they can live with greater emotional stability.
2. The Enemy
We can be attacked by our enemy, the devil, who may use various means to cause us to doubt and lose faith in our God. But we must stand up to him. Scripture urges us to him. Scripture urges us to resist the devil, and when we do, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Peace and rebellion cannot co-exist. The only recourse is to confess sin to God, surrender to him, and ask for his help in turning from and resisting all temptation. Then, God’s peace can flow once again.
4. Giving Up Peace
In times of crisis, we sometimes lay down our peace willingly. We give it up. Concede it. Abandon it. Always remember that no one can take our peace from us; we have to surrender it. And as such, we are the only ones who can take it back.
5. Losing Focus
We can allow the myriad of bad news scenarios we hear and read about every day to cause us to lose our correct focus. Instead of having our mind set on God and trusting him for his peace and presence, we allow our thoughts to get sidetracked and galvanized by the negative news and circumstances we see and hear
Because God is with us, we don’t have to give in to sink beneath, or become defeated by our troubles. We can face, confront, challenge. deal, and in the end overcome them in the power of the cross. Jesus taught his followers that all troubles are passing in nature for a season and a reason so ‘let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:12). Hold on to the peace that God gives, confident that he’s watching, directing, and caring for those who trust and believe in Him.