Monday, November 16, 2015

God Wants Peace for Paris

(Photo: Cosmo Magazine, Snapchat)

The terrorist groups behind attacks on Paris and other parts of the world claim they are acting on God’s behalf but God really wants us to pursue peace.

How do I know?  The Bible tells me so.

Friday eight men with guns turned from good and attacked restaurant and concert goers before blowing themselves up. Sadly 129 people were killed in the dastardly terror plot.

In the wake of such evil, the French and American governments are rightly seeking justice for the innocent lives lost. But what are we to do with all the pain and sadness?

(Photo: Instagram)

 God instructs us in Palms 34 V 11-14 to “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Justice for the crimes committed will come in due time. But in the meantime we shouldn’t be fixated on revenge or the differences between us.

Focus on extending kindness to others. Mourn with those who mourn. Feed and clothe the needy. Repay evil with goodness.

Pray for peace between not only governments and opposing fractions, but pray for peace between man and God. Pray that evildoers will come to know and follow God’s true will.

Pray from relief from fear and anxiety. We were not made to live that way. As we pray, God promises in Philippians 4 v 6, 7 that a peace beyond our comprehension will guard our hearts and minds.

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