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Keep Thy Tongue  


Psalm 34:12-16

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it,” Psalm 34:13, 14.

Have you ever watched one of those televised beauty pageants? Then you probably heard the phrase world peace. It is the stereotypical pageant contestant’s answer. It is really cliché, but really, who doesn’t want to see peace?

We may not be seeking world peace, however we would all like to see peace in our own lives. But are we entitled to peace? Should peace just automatically come our way? We may not directly say that, but many times we act as though we deserve it.

Nevertheless, peace does not come without effort. We learn in today’s Scripture that we are to “seek peace” (verse 14). Instead of sitting back and expecting our lives to be filled with tranquility, we should be pursuing opportunities to cultivate peace. Instead, many times we do nothing and complain when conflict and chaos come.

One key way we can pursue peace is by watching what we say. There is nothing that can cause conflict in relationships faster than a loose tongue. This passage commands us to “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (verse 13). This sounds really good and makes a lot of sense, but it is not always easy to accomplish. In the New Testament book of James, we are shown how difficult the tongue is to tame, however, if we want peace we must learn how to be peacemakers.

Peacemaking begins with you and me. If we are going to have peaceable relationships it is going to take effort. If you desire a more peaceful life, then make peacemaking a priority.

 

JUST ASKING

How are you making daily efforts to keep thy tongue?

Nathan Rogers

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The Coming Kingdom


 

Micah 4:1-5

 

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever,” Micah 4:5.

 

 

The world has never known peace. There has never been a time when there was not a war—or at least an uprising—between nations or within a nation. It is pretty sad to think about, honestly, but constant fighting is a byproduct of our sinful nature. If the Spirit of God is not reigning in our hearts, when we are wronged, our first instinct is one of hatred or vengeance. That being the case, we will never know what world peace is as long as sinful men are at the helms of national governments.

 

But there is coming a day when all of the warfare, fighting, terrorism and revolutions will cease. When Jesus returns, He will usher in a kingdom, established and governed by Himself, in which even the reminders of warfare will be abolished. Micah foretells that even the swords will be beaten into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks. Weapons that were once used for shedding blood in anger will be transformed into tools used for more noble and peaceful purposes.

 

As easy as it is to get caught up in the turbulence and turmoil of political uneasiness both here and abroad, take time to reflect upon the peace that will exist once Christ has returned to set up His kingdom. When He returns, He will order and govern the universe to function the way He originally intended, and no pride-filled scheme of men will be able to overthrow His authority.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you trust God for peace today?

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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