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What Is Peace

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Life Gives Us Smooth Stones to Protect Peace

With later postings, you will become aware of the smooth stones that show up in your life to help you overcome your difficulties. Smooth stones are sometimes difficult to recognize because they come in different ways.

Smooth stones are found in things that you see or in thoughts you have had but did not understand until someone put them into words that you could comprehend. At times, smooth stones come from people the Spirit uses to guide you. Smooth stones also help you understand what promotes peace in your particular situation.

One of the greatest lessons you and I will ever learn is that enduring hardships, disappointments, adversities, and afflictions is necessary to learn and advance in our understanding.

Regardless of circumstances, it is within our ability to find peace during trials if we know how to go about it, and if we are ready to make that commitment.

In order to protect peace and your peace of mind, you need to understand what peace is and what principles need to be complied with before this blessing can exist in your life on a regular basis. My goal is to help you satisfy this objective.

Peace Is Described In Various Ways

  • Peace is a spiritual condition: Because we are in harmony with our surroundings and with our Divine Creator as well. We create a peaceful spirit by being in alignment with Deity, and by having a strong desire for peace. We also create a peaceful spirit when we are free of conflict within ourselves, with each other, with a physical or spiritual enemy, and when we try to avoid creating strife and hostility around us.
  • Peace is a person who is peaceful, serene, tranquil, and calm.
  • Peace is a place or event that is peaceful, serene, tranquil, and calm.
  • Peace is a nation that is not at war. However, peace cannot exist when a nation’s citizenry has discord among themselves and their leaders.

Peace Does Not Agree With War

An interesting thing happened when I did a grammar check on the next paragraph. The computer came back with the remark, “Peace does not agree with war.” Although I found this statement somewhat amusing, it surprised me that the computer could actually capture the essence of what I wanted to say. The claim that “Peace does not agree with war” could not be truer and emphasizes my point exactly!

Peace cannot exist if war is brewing inside us, brewing in those with whom we associate, or brewing in those living in our communities and other parts of the world. When war is brewing in other parts of the world, we are affected because we a connected to each other and affect each other more than ever before in history. So what they do will eventually affect us in some way.

I read somewhere that being peaceful is an edict given to us from on high (see Psalms 34:14; Romans 12:18; and 1 Timothy 2:2). Peace, meaning freedom from war, has been the hope and desire of most civilized nations throughout the ages, even though it is not easily accomplished. Since its inception, the root of our nation’s aspirations has been to seek and pursue peace, to renounce war, to proclaim peace whenever possible, and to be peaceful with each other. I agree with this assessment.

I realize that it took a war to give Americans our own freedom, and that sometimes we participate in war to protect that freedom. By examining the history of other nations, we realize how special America is in respecting and protecting people’s peace and liberty. In most cases, history documents that we have only engaged in war as a response to attacks on us, to preserve the liberty that we fought to achieve, and to help others gain their liberty and rights (especially when it’s been stolen from them). Unfortunately, it has not always been perceived that way by some of us at home or by people abroad.

Harboring hostilities and being at peace are emotional conditions that cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Trying to be peaceful when we have contention in our hearts affects our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health (possibly even economically) if a resolution does not come quickly. Otherwise, something must give way and that is usually peace. A situation such as this eventually erupts when strong emotions are involved, and when families, friends, and neighbors are arguing and fighting. Situations that cause irritation or misunderstandings occur all the time, and some of them cause discord that leaves pent-up hostilities and unresolved issues.

If our true objective is to be more peaceful, then we must do whatever it takes to prevent war in our personal relationships and associations. This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t disagree with someone or that, with proper conviction, we shouldn’t stand up for something that we feel is right or moral! That would be contrary to peace! Peace cannot exist unless we are willing to back it up with our voices, actions, or even sacrifices, if needed. What I suggest is being committed to a peaceful resolution by responding appropriately.

A peaceful resolution does not occur when reacting out of ego and self-will, or when responding with haste, anger, panic, hysteria, fear, and retaliation. If efforts for resolution fail, careful consideration and planning must be exercised before entering into war; it’s really just common sense.

Peace, Joy and Happiness

The book, “The Treasure Box Series, Volume I: Peace, Joy, and Happiness” suggests ways to protect peace and how to stay out situations that cause chaos and war. I suggest you order the book from me at a discounted price right now.  Because you are a reader of my blog, you can use this code U1L9JHIB16Y until May 31st, 2010 and get an $8 discount.


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