Prince of Peace

5 Oct

This past week in our Proverbs 31 OnLine Bible Study we have been studying Mary, the mother of Jesus. In doing so, we also delved into the meanings of some of the names that describe the character of God. The one that stands out to me is Prince of Peace. My husband and I are a long way from being perfect or being characterized as the perfect example of a “Christian” couple but we both have a tremendous love for Jesus and that love for Jesus has enabled us to have peace in our marriage, hearts and home. I can honestly say that, while we do not agree all the time, we never have ugly fights. I know this is not anything we can do in and of ourselves. Before Christ became the center of my life, I was a very contentious person. If something ruffled my feathers everyone knew it and I would not let anything go. I thank God that my husband has a deep love for me and would not feed into my temporary insanity. He would not allow my ugliness to affect our marriage. Now, I am able to let things go and know, in my heart, that God is in control no matter what circumstances look like. I did not realize until this week that the reason for this is because I have developed a deep relationship with the “Prince of Peace”. I am created in His image (Gen 1:27) and I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinth 2:16) so it occurs to me that if I am created in His image and I have the mind of Christ that IF I keep my focus on HIM then I too can experience the characteristics of God. It is only because I have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me and I have Jesus interceding on my behalf that I am able to reflect the character of God. Many times people who have come to our messy, lived in home, whether they are repairmen, friends, or family they make a point to say “I feel so peaceful and calm here” or “I sense peace in your home”. That is definitely not anything that we have done, in and of ourselves, but it is because we are adopted into God’s family and we are heirs to His eternal kingdom. As a child, my home life was very volatile, my dad was very unhappy, contentious, depressed and angry a lot of the time. I had a very poor example as to how to act and live my life. Now, as an adopted child of God, I have an amazing example to follow. I am not perfect but I know because my Abba father is the Prince of Peace, I can live in peace and have a home that gives peace and comfort to all that come and have a wonderful marriage with my husband because our marriage is an entwined cord of me, Bill and Jesus. I am so grateful that when people come to our home the first thing they notice is the peace the feel and they do not notice the dust bunnies hopping by or the dust on the piano that is sadly so thick sometimes that I can write my weekly memory verse in it or love notes to my husband. John 14:27 tells me “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.” I live at peace because “The Prince of Peace” calls me his own and that is more than enough for reason for me. 🙂

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5 Responses to “Prince of Peace”

  1. bloggerlovestheking October 5, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Beautiful so thankful for His peace! Debbie

  2. Valerie October 5, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    It’s all about You Jesus…thank You for being our Prince of Peace.

  3. melissasherlin13 October 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    So thankful for His peace too. I don’t even want to imagine what life must feeln like not having the peace that he is coming back! Great post.

  4. Lauren October 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Love this! How awesome that even in your “messiness” others can feel your peace… peace from the never-ending supply. Thanks for sharing!
    Lauren, P31 OBS Small Group Leader

  5. Jennifer N (OBS Core/Teaching Team) October 6, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    This is so beautiful Nancy! I LOVE the name Prince of Peace as well. We have such an amazing Savior. ❤

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