For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love— the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.
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Roman soldiers held a line of defense, standing side-by-side; feet firmly planted. The believer wears the shoes of peace that share the characteristics of those worn by the Roman soldier. They had straps to allow the shoes to be conformed uniquely to their feet. They had hobnails to keep the soldier balanced with good footing on rough or slippery terrain. They were of leather so they afforded protection.
This peace of God is not the peace of mankind—In John 14: 27 He says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This peace provides support, is uniquely designed for each believer and gives firm footing that keeps the believer from falling.
In a line, side-by-side, the soldiers had additional strength and firm footing; unified in purpose to keep the enemy out or advance on the enemy in strength and purpose. Believers standing side-by side, properly shod with peace are able to deflect division, discord, disruption and disturbance.
That peace, given by God, not as man gives, provides protection within. When storms come, the eye is obvious for its calm and peaceful appearance. When peace reigns within, the believer is protected from the circumstantial storm and functions with calm, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The believer wearing God’s peace stands out in the storm.
Though complications, differences, even annoyances come among a body of believers, they will not allow holes in the line to occur that may permit the enemy to infiltrate with division, discord, disruption and disturbance. If any of the ‘d’s’ are present, know that the enemy is active to destroy. Though others seem not to have this peace, the individual who does can still “hold the line.” Lead by example. Don’t allow the enemy to take advantage of any holes in the line. Put On the shoes of peace, be active not passive allowing the peace of the Messiah to control the heart.
Be rooted and firmly established in love, able to comprehend with all God’s people what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and know the Messiah’s love that is beyond all knowing, to be filled with the fullness of God. Taken from Ephesians
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