Athlete, Choose Peace

As we heard in our digital chapel this week the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians about the offer of peace through the Gospel. Philippi had an army base and would have been very familiar with conflict. The people knew what conflict was, they knew what strife was all about. Yet, it was in this same town that Paul encourages the people to choose peace amongst other things. Paul starts his letter out with these words:

"To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:1,2

Paul is writing this letter to a group of people who seemed to get distracted from their ultimate mission of loving God, loving others and making disciples. They started focusing on their circumstances, finding their confidence in their own efforts and began grumbling amongst each other.

As Paul caught wind of what was happening in this young church, he knew that their ultimate need wasn't a rebuke or a letter condemning them. He realized that what they needed is something that the world could never offer, peace. It's almost as if Paul is saying, "I see all you are going through and the truth is that you are focused on the wrong things, choose peace. Know that peace is available and that the Gospel itself is a declaration that peace is possible no matter what you are experiencing. Peace is an internal choice we choose, not an emotion we happen to feel."

What about you? Will you choose to experience and practice true and lasting peace? Today will you choose peace realizing that peace is not an elusive emotion we feel but a place we choose to live in?  

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