SOWING SEEDS OF PEACE
Zechariah 8:12 (NLT), “I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you...”
God spoke these words to encourage the people when rebuilding the temple of Jerusalem. God loves to sow seeds of peace. If we walk in God’s ways, we will also sow seeds of peace. This is God’s character and His way. Because we are created in His image, it should also be our way. When we sow seeds of peace we will reap a harvest of peace.
How can we sow seeds of peace in our home and family? The following are some seeds that I am sure will bring a harvest of peace. If you can think of other seeds, you are welcome to share them with me.
Pray for Peace
I believe that this is the first thing we need to do. Every morning when we have devotions as a family, my husband prays for peace to fill our home. If we constantly pray for it, we are well on the way toward making it happen.
God commanded us to pray for the peace of His city, Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:6) It is just as important to pray for the peace of our homes. If every family prayed for the peace of God to be in their home, we would have peace in our homes, in our cities and then in our nation.
We should not only pray for it, but speak it. As we were raising our older children, my husband would constantly confess these words, “I am a man of peace” or “I am for peace.” We needed that confession in the midst of our six very exuberant and outspoken children. Unfortunately, our children have it in their genes. My husband comes from a family of nine children, who, although most are totally radical for God and serving the Lord full-time, have very loud voices, are very opinionated and not afraid to speak their opinions. It is a fun riot to be together.
I come from a smaller family, but just as loud. A friend of ours, who lived with us for a while as we were raising our family used to say, “What hope is there for your children with a “crowin’ Campbell” for a father and a “blowin’ Bowen for a mother!” Amazingly, in the midst of all our loudness, we mostly had an atmosphere of peace.
As you pray for your children each morning, minister the peace of God upon them. Walk into your kitchen with your “gospel of peace” shoes on your feet and release peace on each one of your children. Pray it over them. Confess it over them. Speak it into their lives. Be a peace-bearer rather than a tension-bearer.
I love the Jewish greeting of Shalom, meaning peace. What a wonderful way to greet people. This is the way Jesus greeted people and encouraged others to do the same:
Luke 10:5, “Whatever house you enter, first say, Peace to this house.”
Luke 24:36, “Jesus himself stood in the midst of the, and said to them, Peace to you.” (John 20:19, 21)
Psalm 85:8 says “God will speak peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.”
Peace is a noun, but the Bible verbs it. It tells us to extend peace, pursue peace, love peace, make peace, establish peace, preach peace, proclaim peace, seek peace and speak peace. If you seek to do these things each day, you’ll be constantly sowing seeds of peace.
Love and Obey the Word of God
We sow peace into our home when we love the Word. Of course, if we love the Word of God, we will want to read it and impart its truth to our children.
Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 48:18 says, “Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
It is not always easy to obey the Word of God. God’s ways are usually the opposite of the way we feel, but obedience always bring peace.
Start sowing seeds of peace. The more you sow, the more you will reap.
We will discuss more peace seeds in the next couple of weeks.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Lord, I long for peace. I hate it when there is tension in my home. Please help me to daily sow seeds of peace in my home. I know it won’t happen unless I make it happen and start doing something about it. Amen.”
I am a Peace Sower in my home.
Peace verbs: Isaiah 66:12; Hebrews 12:14; Zechariah 8:19; Isaiah 27:5; Isaiah 26:12; Acts 10:36; Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15; Psalm 34:14; 1 Peter 3:11; Esther 10:3; Psalm 85:8.
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