Releasing God's Best: Peace
22God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.
Hebrew: Shalom: Multiple levels of meaning including: wholeness of life or body; right relationship between two or more parties, often bound by a covenant; victory over an enemy or absence of war
Greek used in this text: Eirene: from eirō, "to join, tie together into a whole"
English: a passive picture depicting the absence of conflict
Passing of the peace in worship: what does this mean?
Peace in the midst of chaos
Mark 4:35-41: Jesus calming the storm
John 16:13: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Inner peace and external peace: can there be one without the other?
Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC