Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Devotion 10.22.15

Monty Python had a skit once that was about the world's funniest joke.  It was so funny that the man who authored it died laughing.  Upon discovering he died, his wife read the joke and died as well.  A police equivalent of a bomb squad had to remove the joke, and the Army, fighting World War II, translated the joke into German to use as a weapon against the German.  The officer describing the translation process said, "We would only allow them to translate one word each.  One accidentally saw two and was hospitalized for weeks."

Words so powerful that they had that impact.  You would only allow people to see only one word, each was so powerful.

That's the way Philippians 4:4 - 9 strikes me.  Potent words in the Bible.  Familiar passages so profound that each could be used to start a volume of works.  Here are some passages that once started you will know:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but...."  "And the peace of God, which passes all understanding...."  "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure...."  and lastly, "...the God of peace will be with you."

I urge you look it up and read it in its entirety.  I further urge we seek to put it into memory, just a short passage.  Why?  To use as a reminder when things get tense, seem out of proportion, or you feel a sense of dismay, depression, or sadness.  Or you come upon a situation and need to remind yourself of the honorable thing to do.  You get the idea. 

I pray these words bring peace to you today.  We should pray together that the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Hope Men's Ministry

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