Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee–Isaiah 26:3
Sometimes I think I take having a peaceful home for granted. After hearing story after story of an upbringing filled with divorce, violence, shouting, jealousy and anger I am grateful. My home life wasn’t like that at all. In fact my parents are still married after 51 years. I’m not going to say they haven’t had disagreements, but I don’t ever remember either of them shouting or throwing things at one another.
When I hear stories of how children have been abused or neglected my heart goes out to them. It seems our jails are full of people that have been abused throughout their lives. I am not making excuses for their behavior but there is a pattern here. When men and women grow up with no sense of value they tend to not value anything else in their lives. When being told over and over how worthless you are begins to sink in you start to believe it, especially if it is coming from a parent. These are the very ones that should be encouraging you to be all you can be.
Even though abuse and neglect run rampant in our society we do have someone to turn to that will never treat us that way. In fact Psalm 27:10 tells us “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” At some point we have to take responsibility for our own actions and stop blaming everything on our awful home life. There is a time when we become adults and have to make the decision to live life the way it is meant to be lived. Jesus Christ is the answer to the cycle of abuse. The Bible tells us “He was made a curse for us.” The sins handed down from generation to generation can be stopped in Christ.
Jesus told his disciples he was giving them his peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, not let it be fearful.” Jesus is the only one who can give your home real peace. Without him peace is a fleeting commodity and we cannot manage it on our own. Jesus said his peace wasn’t like the world’s peace. The world’s promise of peace is based on the assumption that one day wars will cease and we will have peace. Jesus, on the other hand, can give us peace even in the midst of the battle. We can have a peace that passes all understanding right in the middle of the conflict because his peace isn’t based on whether or not we do this or that. His peace is based on the fact that we fully trust him to remedy whatever the problem is therefore we can rest in his peace, and his peace truly does pass all understanding.
Written by Louie