The first part of the day
The talk “Jehovah the source of true peace” used a scripture I found very beneficial. Isaiah 26:3 highlighted & brought me much comfort. It says “You will safeguard those who fully lean on you;You will give them continuous peace, Because it is in you that they trust. ” This scripture reminded me that when we fully lean on Jehovah we have a heart that is at peace.
Keep on searching for friends of peace
The part “Keep on searching for friends of peace” was very interesting! It highlighted ways we can improve in our ministry such as….. Acting with insight…..Having respect for people…..Speaking graciously. Under the topic of acting with insight the speaker helped us to understand that we should truly be compassionate and understanding to people we meet because most people are undergoing severe difficulties.
He then expounded on this by pointing out Revelation 6:4 “Another came out, a fiery-colored horse, and it was granted to the one seated on it to take peace away from the earth so that they should slaughter one another, and he was given a great sword.” He also reasoned on Revelation 12:12 which says “On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.” These scriptures were a good reminder that life on this earth is very turbulent and stressful for all and we must be patient and compassionate as we preach.
The peace of God surpasses all understanding – how?
There was a point I want to remember in the part “The peace of God surpasses all understanding – how?” The speaker gave a deeper meaning to the scripture at Philippians 4:6, 7. The Greek word used for guard in verse 7 refers to a sentry guard that continuously keeps watch for 24 hours. Thus, we can better understand the scope of Jehovah’s watchful care over us. The speaker helped us to understand that we can benefit from this peace of God and he will guard us, however we must have intimate & genuine communication with him.
Those pursuing peace gain Jehovah’s approval
The last part of the day was entitled “Those pursuing peace gain Jehovah’s approval.” This talk was probably an eye opener for all – Including me. I definitely heard some things I need to work. We were asked to look inward by asking ourselves these searching questions; Do I have a weakness that disrupts peace in the family or congregation? I’m I quick tempered, overly sensitive, offended easily, or forget Bible principles in times of stress? Do I have drama in my life? Am I moody? How would my mate or family members answer that question? Do you stubbornly insist on my own way? Am I inflexible and opinionated? Do I listen to what others have to say?
We were reminded of Philippians 2:3, 4 which says….” Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Applying this one scripture alone can solve so many problems & mold us in to people who are lovable & easy to get along with!
Forgiveness was also talked about extensively in this part. Here are a few key points that were considered…..
- It takes work to maintain the oneness of peace spoken of in Ephesians 4:3.
- Humility, Gratitude and prayer can help us when we need to apologize.
- When we apologize the peace we gain outweighs any embarrassment we may feel.
- The account of Jacob & Esau at Genesis 32: 7, 9-12 & 33:1 shows us how much effort may be required to make peace.
- Grateful people can work together without having an attitude. When you think on that it makes sense. What an interesting thought!
- Praying in behalf of those who have hurt us can help us to have the right attitude and see things more clearly.
It is very important that members of the congregation work on forgiveness because it helps us stay unified as we serve our God together. That is well highlighted at Ephesians 4: 2 & 3 which says “with all humility and mildness, with patience, putting up with one another in love, earnestly endeavoring to maintain the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace.” Some of the other scriptures we considered were… James 3:2-8, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 5:23, 24, Matthew 18:15, James 3: 13-18