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Peace that Transcends

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NIV


I just finished a great book by James K. A. Smith titled; You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. He opens with the question, often asked by Jesus. "What do you want?" He then speaks about how we view ourselves primarily as "thinking things," You may have heard the philosopher Rene Descarte's pronouncement, "I think therefore I am." Instead, we should think of ourselves as lovers. Our love directs the habits we form to support what we want.


How does this apply to today's scripture? Our thinking brains often try to draw lines around God – we try putting him in a box of human comprehension. Anything inside the box is our understanding of God; anything outside – makes our thinking brains uncomfortable.


However, we don't have to live like that; we can pursue God in love – what our innermost being desires anyway. We are created with a need to worship. By following our pursuit of love, we erase those lines of what we think we know; to the immensity of God. We then comprehend that all things are possible and appreciate the peace God extended to us.


God, thank you for the peace that you extend to us. Please help us remove the lines we are tempted to draw around you, open ourselves fully in love to you, and accept your peace. We ask the is Jesus name.


Shalom,

Pastor Tim


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