‘That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour.’ 1 Timothy 2:2
Oh that Christians everywhere would do this! How many problems it would prevent if we obeyed this instruction from Paul.
To live a peaceful life means to be at peace with God. The moment we step out of His will and take our own course of action our peace is affected. Sometimes we’re just set on a course that deep down we know is wrong. We know it’s setting us at odds against the rest of the church and yet we continue in it. We don’t listen to that inner peace. We become reckless in our choices and hardened in our conscience. Our inner quietness is affected and we begin to interfere in matters we shouldn’t.
Instead we should follow Paul’s instruction:
‘I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.’ 2:8
What would the church be like if we all behaved like this? How different life would be. How much more wonderful our services would be! What a sense of godliness and harmony we would feel. Instead of hardening our hearts in anger and disagreements, determined to follow our own ways, our hearts would be soft and our eyes Godward.
‘A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.’ 2:11
Only this weekend, I’ve been dealing with rumours spreading from one to another. One person (outside the church) made a comment to another in the church, who passed it on to another, who passed it on to another, who passed it on to another, who passed it on to me! On this occasion I could trace it to the source; sometimes it’s gone round so many people you don’t know where it’s come from. A rumour that could bring misunderstandings and hurt. Why don’t people close their mouths? Why don’t we take this instruction wholeheartedly? Learn in quietness and mind our own business!
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
Before we pass on something someone else has said think to yourself, ‘What is that to you?’ Jesus was basically telling Peter here to deal with his own heart and what would happen to John was none of his business. It would be good if we made that a principle to live by.
Let’s get on with the business of following Christ. If we put all our efforts into doing that, we will be better people. We won’t be distracted by what he or she is doing or saying. The wrong course of another will not affect us and we will follow wholeheartedly.
Live quietly, avoiding disputes and gossip. Make it your aim to let your focus be Christ and live peaceful lives. Every day this week take account of how peaceful you’ve been, of the number of disputes and disagreements you’ve had, of how often you’ve been tempted to talk about another when it’s no business of yours. Keep a record each day and look for improvements in your walk with God.
It’s as we are obedient to his word that we find our way into a greater place of power with Him.