23 Practicing Peace POHFW

23 Practicing Peace POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship

 

In an effort to help you prepare for the September 22, 2019, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on What God wants us to Believe, Do, and Become. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Practicing Peace”. The main Scriptures for the day are the Isaiah 26:1-6.

 

(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)

 

From the Scriptures

 

Please read through Chapter 23 of Believethis week, this is an edited selection of Scriptures from the NIV that seeks to show how certain beliefs, ways of living and character qualities are elaborated upon throughout all of Scripture

 

You may also like to read and reflect upon these other New Testament passages Gal 4:25-26, Heb 11:10, Rev 14:12, Heb 12:2, Mt 5:17, Heb 9:12, Rev 5;9-10, John 10:9-10, Col 3:2, Phil 4:6-7, 2Cor 10:5

From the Creeds and Confessions

 

 

 Westminster Confession of Faith 18.3

This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties before he be partaker of it: yet, being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto. And therefore it is the duty of everyone to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure, that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness.

 

Safeguarding Peace from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

III. Safeguarding Peace

 

2302 By recalling the commandment, “You shall not kill,” our Lord asked for peace of heart and denounced murderous anger and hatred as immoral. 

 

Anger is a desire for revenge. “To desire vengeance in order to do evil to someone who should be punished is illicit,” but it is praiseworthy to impose restitution “to correct vices and maintain justice.” If anger reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound a neighbor, it is gravely against charity; it is a mortal sin. the Lord says, “Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.”

 

2303 Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”

 

2304 Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is “the tranquility of order.” Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.

 

2305 Earthly peace is the image and fruit of the peace of Christ, the messianic “Prince of Peace.” By the blood of his Cross, “in his own person he killed the hostility,” he reconciled men with God … “He is our peace.” He has declared: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

 

2306 Those who renounce violence and bloodshed and, in order to safeguard human rights, make use of those means of defense available to the weakest, bear witness to evangelical charity, provided they do so without harming the rights and obligations of other men and societies. They bear legitimate witness to the gravity of the physical and moral risks of recourse to violence, with all its destruction and death.

 

 

From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church

 

The trees of the fields: LyricsVideo

Rock of Ages (Chris Rice): LyricsVideo

Let not your heart be troubled (Barry Warren): Lyrics

For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study

 

Read and reflect upon Oswald Chambers Is your mind stayed on God?

Read and reflect upon David Guzik’s Perfect Peace.

 

 

 

The Sermon will be available online on September 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm.

 

 

Disclaimer: Reference to a particular article or website does not constitute endorsement or agreement with everything in that article or on that website.

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