Weather: 40s and chilly.
This morning’s discussion centered around the first chapter of The Way of the Warrior by Erwin McManus. It is the Warrior Code 1: The Warrior Fights Only for Peace
What he is talking about is that all the problems and violence in the world originate within and are a result of us not having peace within ourselves.
God did not introduce violence into the world, humans introduced violence and God seeks to bring peace by bringing us back into a relationship with Him.
Jesus came to bring peace, but not it was not a worldly peace but an eternal one. As he says in John 14:27 “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
We also place our face in the future as Jesus describes in John 16:33 33 “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.”
The author goes on to state, “When our hearts have not found peace, we become filled with the darkest expressions of ourselves.”
Peace comes from relinquishing control
Manana had a great observation that we all should remember, “You cannot obey, unless you have the option to disobey.”
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