People tell me I’m a peacemaker—“a calming presence”—that just having me around can help defuse tense conversations. I like to think that’s because I have a strong inner peace that comes from my faith and trust in Jesus. But if I’m being honest, there are days when I’m not full of peace. There are situations that leave me anxious and unsteady, where I start to take my eyes off the source of my peace.
In those moments, the Life-Giving List we talked about yesterday really can help. For me, this can be activities like going for a walk, reading, journaling; it can mean places like my favorite parks, libraries, and coffee shops. But on my worst days, it’s my favorite people—my friends and family, especially those who have the same source of peace as me, that help guide my heart back to the right path. Because on my worst days, when my inner world is shaken, my own faith and efforts are not enough to fix it. I need someone to lovingly refocus my gaze on Jesus and his truth.
In short, when I’m struggling to be full of peace, I need the church—because on my own, I’m weak; but with other Christ-followers, I am strong.
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
We’re not designed to walk this spiritual journey alone. The Holy Spirit is at work within us, producing good fruit in our lives, but he also does this through other people speaking into our lives, encouraging us when we’re doing well, and helping us refocus on him when we’re struggling. We’re also meant to help make a difference in the lives of other Christians by doing the same for them!
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
So if you want to experience God’s presence and peace, reach out to and spend time with other believers. The Holy Spirit is always with us, but he shows up in powerful ways when we gather with other believers as his church.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
Whom can you turn to when your inner peace is shaken, to point you back to the source?
We need these life-giving relationships even when we’re not at our worst, to help keep things from getting that bad and to strengthen those relationships for when things are bad. How are you making life-giving relationships with other believers a regular part of your life?
How can you help encourage the other Christ-followers in your life?
Continue to meet with other followers of Christ as his church and build authentic relationships. This could look like committing to attend church in person every weekend (health allowing), joining a summer semester Group, serving on the DreamTeam with other Christians, or making plans to hang out with another believer.
Think of someone in your life who might need encouragement, and reach out to them.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the supernatural peace you make available to us through your Holy Spirit. We’re not meant to walk this path alone—help us to turn to others for strength and encouragement when we need it, and to offer strength and encouragement to those in need. I pray that we would be the church—peace-filled, life-giving representatives of you—both to other believers and to those who do not know you. Help us to turn to you for all we need and keep our gaze focused on your Son. May your will be done in us and through us. Amen.
This post was written by Payton Lechner. Payton is currently the apprentice copywriter at CedarCreek. In her spare time, she freelances as a writer and editor. Besides the English language, Payton loves swimming, cats, and a good cup of tea.
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