And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened, and he asked hopefully, “You mean I get a choice?”
While you are probably not facing a tuff, intimidating mountain man protecting his precious daughter, the decisions you make can have a dramatic impact on your life. One of the greatest virtues of life is honor. If you live seeking to be honorable, you will find peace. Dishonorable people are constantly looking over their shoulders to see if they will be caught in their lies, trying to cover their cheating ways, hiding their adulterous relationship, hoping that no one notices the short cuts taken. A life of honor is free from these kinds of self-induced stresses: it is peaceful.
Walking with Jesus is not always very easy. Sometimes walking with Jesus can be difficult. I remember reading a book in seminary (Strenuous Commands: The Ethic of Jesus) that highlighted the difficult things Jesus asks of His followers: love your enemy, turn the other cheek, ask those you have hurt for forgiveness, to forgive those who have hurt you, etc. Walking with Jesus is indeed a blessing, but as He perfects our character which was marred by sin, it can often be unpleasant. When we live a life honoring to God and honoring those who come into our lives, we will discover “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, which will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” What are your intentions in life? To honor God or self? How you and I answer that question will have a transforming affect on our lives. Either we will experience the peace of Christ or burdensome stress.
Today’s Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I walk with You today, I pray that the decisions I make would bring honor to You. I pray that Your Spirit would guide me, even in the small decisions, to see things from an eternal perspective as I choose my course through this day. As I “pillow my head” tonight, may I do it with the peace of knowing that through my day’s journey I honored You.