“The Peace of Christ”, Scripture and Notes from L.Willows (oneness, His Spirit, thankfulness)

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And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

These words are so rich with meaning and message to us that I don’t feel capable of writing ‘well enough’. You know that I will try. Perhaps no layperson can notate Scripture. Yet, we are taught to open our heart and dive into God’s word fully with thirst, joy, and love. Some don’t even care or want to. Some would rather open other books.

Let’s join and support one another. We are each on a journey, called to love Christ. We are so fortunate to have amazing scholars and gifted Pastors in our midst. I am so grateful for my Pastors, I need church as much as water, guidance as much as food. Here we meet with fellowship and reach out.

It is taught that we each need to pray before reading the Bible and ask that The Holy Spirit inspire our hearts and minds.

God’s word is a holy relationship with our hearts. It is very personal.

Scripture penetrates deeply and soaks into a self that is altered because of its living power.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

The Peace of Christ is the pure gift of grace that He gave to us.

When He was Resurrected He gave the Holy Spirit as His Advocate to be with us. The Holy Spirit resides in our hearts. As it so beautifully says in Galatians 4:6, “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!”

We were given a mediator to rule in our hearts, The Holy Spirit. The peace of Christ rules in our hearts by the Power of The Holy Spirit. In this way, it is able to mediate aim. We have many conflicting aims in our hearts. This one line of scripture is like a prayer asking for God to rule our hearts and lives.

We are called to be one body. 

It is specific in referring to “called”. This is a reference to believer and unbeliever. In scripture, it acknowledges that some did not hear the message of the cross, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:19.

The body of Christ is His Body of Believers. He is the Head of the Body. The Head rules the Body; again there is the harmony of “rule”. When the head rules the body and there is one accord, that peace fills each member. Equally, each member of the body, allowing peace to rule his heart is sanctified and responding to the will of God.

We need to be Thankful.

“And be Thankful”. I have spent many evenings in Bible Studies with my Pastor. One of the most fascinating things that I have learned is to pay attention to verb tenses. Here I am noticing the tense of the verb “be”. It is in the present tense.

My heart leaps to the understanding that we need to be thankful in an ongoing way, in the present. We need to rise up each day and renew our gratitude for how much we have been given.

Often I forget how many prayers have been answered and I take it for granted again. I forget how much I have received. I start to get used to the beauty that I am surrounded by. I am lulled by a degree of the appearance of peace in my world. I find things that are not peaceful on the inside. Gratefully, The Holy Spirit helps me to see my heart and reveals the true state of what lies within. Again, I am grateful for what Christ has given to us. He promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.”

We find places in our own hearts and lives that struggle for “more peace”. We turn to Christ for that peace, it is the only route. His peace is given to rule our hearts. But do we struggle for “more gratitude”? Here, we are asked to be grateful, now and in each moment forwards.

The Love of Christ, a wondrous Calling

For all that we have been given, most especially the gift of grace, of the Holy Spirit, of the Love of Christ and this wondrous calling, I am so grateful! Let me be remembered as one with thirsty joy and a grateful heart.

© 2019 Linda Willows

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“Life in God’s Keep”, a Praise poem from L.Willows (joy)

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Life in God’s Keep

Oh, Joy,
From where do you rise-
larger than life’s birth,
more than the sum of
all measured worth.

Sweeter than all-love,
greater than gifts;
you come in a river
like water that drifts.

Here, in my hearts’ breath.
Here in the deep.
Here in the hush of,
prayers that sing-weep.

Joy in such wonder.
Joy breaks to leap,
All parts to praise-thunder,
Life in God’s keep.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

John 17:13

But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 15:11

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

“A Raindrop’s Thirst”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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Oh, Raindrop – burst,
your mercy fills thirst.
You are love falling
the sweetness of mirth.

Come heaven, tilled
to us, to earth.
Reap in our hearts
renewal; life’s first.

A raindrop’s thirst
for us in God’s tend.
A pouring that prays
in the midst of Love’s mend.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Romans 5:3-6
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

“Sealed Each in God’s Pew”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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Sealed Each in God’s Pew

This moment’s bequest
of a hearts’ full dare,
words spoken in hush,
they‘ve been sent-
they’ve been gone There.

Into the vast of
God’s heavenly might,
cast before All
with full faith
and loves bright.

These are not wishes,
they part from my veins.
Living and walking,
streams running forth new.
Set into Your Promise,
sealed each in God’s Pew.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 69:13
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

Hebrews 10:19
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.