Summary: This idea of peace is not found just once, but several times in Scripture. Peace comes through thanksgiving. Peace comes through knowing our identity in Christ. And peace comes through following our God-given purpose.
GROUNDED IN PEACE
2 CORINTHIANS 2:12-17
INTRODUCTION... How do I get peace in my life?
Prema Baba Swamji says, to find peace by doing several things. Third on the list is to breathe the pain and ’upset of the moment’ symbolically out of your heart. This is a great secret. Your heart is a transforming device. It will turn negative energy into positive loving energy… then breathe out this positive energy and give it back to the situation or individual that tried to upset you. Repeat as often as necessary.
The Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Center says, “Since time without beginning we have been under the control of our mind, like a puppet on a string. We are like a servant working for our mind; whenever our mind wants to do something we have to do it without any choice. Sometimes our mind is like a crazy elephant, creating so many problems and dangers for our self and others. By sincerely engaging in spiritual practice we can reverse this situation, and gain mastery over our mind. Transforming our mind in this way, we will finally enjoy real freedom.”
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I hope you get the point. There is so much advice and expertise out there on fining peace in one’s life or finding peace of mind. Finding peace in our lives is a concern and a challenge for many people. Perhaps for you. I have to say though that my life is not grounded in anything else but in the Word of God. It is not through breathing or mystical pagan meditation or some fancy program that you will find peace. How do we find peace? What does God’s Word say about finding peace and peace of mind in our lives? Let’s look to God’s Word for the answer.
READ 2 CORINTHIANS 2:12-17
Paul tells us in verse 13 that he had ’no peace of mind.’ He had arrived in Troas and expected to find his dear friend Titus there waiting for him. Yet, that was not the case. Keep in mind he could not just grab a phone and find out where Titus was or if he was in trouble. He could be imprisoned somewhere or in need of help and Paul would have no way of knowing. He was stressed. He had no peace. Verse 14 though, has a ’but.’
I. PEACE THROUGH GIVING THANKS (VERSES 12-14)
After that crucial conjunction, which often signifies a change in thought or idea, Paul says that he gives thanks to God. He gives thanks to God specifically in this situation because of God’s leading. As I read these words, I get the idea that God is leading Paul step by step where he needs to go and who he needs to be with. And Paul gives God thanks for that leading.