The practical foundation for establishing and safeguarding the Peace of God in our hearts and minds is to have an active lifestyle of meditation… specifically the kind of meditation that God Himself prescribes in the scriptures.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are
true… noble… just… pure… lovely… of good report,
if there is any virtue and… anything praiseworthy,
meditate on these things… and the God of peace will be with you.”
~ Philippians 4:8-9
Meditation is a conscious, sustained effort to think about a certain theme for an extended period of time. If other subjects pop into our string of thoughts, we put those subjects aside and return to our original theme chosen for meditation. While this may be more difficult for people who suffer with things like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the best of efforts should still be made to establish God’s prescription meditation as a regular part of daily discipleship.
Our unconscious streams of thought tend to inspire our conscious thoughts that are themselves usually in sync with the themes that we spend much of our time thinking about. Entertainment of various kinds and of different moral qualities develop our patterns of thought over time. Negative issues that are dwelt upon that invoke anger, hatred, and vengeance are also self-perpetuating.
The wisdom of God’s prescription meditation for us is in sync with His Spirit of Peace, the two go hand-in-hand. It isn’t so difficult for us to implement in our thought-life that meditation is only for a few super-saints; it’s not difficult to comprehend and utilize like rocket science, psychoanalytical theory, or string theory. It’s pretty basic, it’s as simple as setting aside some time with minimal distractions and then to “meditate on these things.”
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