God’s Simple Plan for Peaceful Living

When life gets complicated, we become out of touch with the things that matter most. The Bible guides us back to the right path.

God’s goals for us include:

  • Peace in relationships. “As far as it depends on us, we ought to live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) God is against troublemaking, bullying, arrogance and quarreling because these destroy peaceful relationships.
  • Generosity. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Be hospitable.” (Romans 12:13) Be generous with whatever you have – overnight lodging, food, warm clothing, a sincere compliment, friendship. God wants us to live with open hands and hearts.
  • Humility. “Be humble, don’t over-estimate your own importance.” (Romans 12:16) Pride comes in many forms – conceit, snobbery, stubbornness, and condescension. Those who wear the badge of pride announce to the world that they don’t really know God.
  • Integrity. “Be honest, aiming to be above reproach in your behavior.” (Romans 12:17) Set high standards for yourself and be true to them. Honesty is still appreciated, especially by our Lord.
  • Lawfulness. The Bible teaches that the laws of the land, generally speaking, are there for our protection and we are to obey them. (Romans 13:1-7)
  • Freedom from debt. “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.” (Romans 13:8). Most of us would include being debt-free in our definition of living the good life and the Bible includes it too. Out of control spending opens the door to debt. And debt allows misery to enter.  Ask God for His help and work hard at freeing your life from debt.

The sum of the good life is this: peace with God, peace with others and peace with ourselves. No amount of money or power can buy these things.

Prayer: Father, help me to stay focused on the things in life that really matter.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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6 Responses to God’s Simple Plan for Peaceful Living

  1. Mary Lucchetti says:

    Himalayan hermit piety? What the heck?? Where’s Darlene when you need her!

  2. Isn’t it funny how we keep chasing after the wrong stuff? It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.
    As the old saying goes, no one on their death bed wishes they had more money or more time at the office!
    Brenda Wood

    • How right you are! The “things” we chase after in good times don’t mean anything at all in hard times (or when death looms – it’s really looming all the time, we just don’t think about it). Hard times force us to get our priorities in order.

  3. Anne Laidlaw says:

    Rose, I do, at times, lose my focus from God’s values. I often catch myself day dreaming about things that don’t really amount to a hill of beans eternally. When I do desire God’s ‘good life’ sometimes I think I’m just copping out of reality with a kind of Himalayan hermit piety. Reading your post leaves me with that satisfying reminder that pursuing God’s values brings true peace and contentment. I’m so glad.

    • I love your Himalayan hermit piety observation. Sometimes when we’re traveling, or trying to, against the pull of “things,” we often wonder if we’re just plain weird. Let’s be weird together, it makes the journey easier 🙂

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