Find the Peace You Need Through Faith With Friends

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Living out our faith with friends leads to the kind of peace that surrounds and strengthens when health fails, justice can't be found, needs overwhelm, and danger threatens.

I grew up in church. My childhood was spent doing faith with friends. I went to a parochial school. My dad and I both sang in the choir and I played the organ. I’ve always said that if the doors of the church were open … we were there!

Psalm 122 begins…

I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Psalm 122:1

When David wrote this Psalm, God’s people were traveling to Jerusalem to worship. Each year, there were three major festivals that brought the people together to praise and worship the One who had rescued them from Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land.

So, David added this prayer…

Pray for peace in Jerusalem.
    May all who love this city prosper.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls
    and prosperity in your palaces.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say,
    “May you have peace.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.

Psalm 122:6–9

The peace David was asking for was not just for the absence of war. It was a prayer for [people to experience] “completeness, health, justice, prosperity, and protection.” (LAB Notes)

And as we read this prayer today, once again the people in Israel are in need of peace in every way. Yet, it’s so tempting for us to look to the things the world offers to give us peace and security.

But nothing in this world on its own can ever give or guarantee real and lasting peace.

We all want true peace. The kind of peace that calms hearts and minds, unites families and strengthens communities of faith. The kind of peace that surrounds and sustains when health fails, justice can’t be found, needs overwhelm, and danger threatens.

Just days before His suffering and death, Jesus told His disciples the following ..

 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Real peace is knowing that when the world offers us everything but peace, Jesus is our peace. By God’s grace, His Spirit is with us and within us reminding us that we are on a pilgrimage traveling to the New Jerusalem together with a community of faithful followers.

So, if we want true peace, we need to do faith with friends. We need to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE Jesus and worship together. We need to pray for and encourage each other. We need to care for one another with kindness and compassion. We need to live life together.

I like the Message paraphrase of Paul’s advice to the Colossians…

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Colossians 3:15–17 (MSG)
Living out our faith with friends leads to the kind of peace that surrounds and strengthens when health fails, justice can't be found, needs overwhelm, and danger threatens.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Find Peace
Through Faith with Friends

Father, thank you so much for the friends and family with whom I can share my faith and lift You up in worship with praise. They inspire me to focus on You when I’m distracted. They encourage me to remain strong when I’m discouraged. They fill me with hope when they testify to the ways You have helped and encouraged them.

I feel blessed to have been able to live my faith with friends throughout my life. I have had mentors who walked with me as others had walked with them before. We are all on this journey of faith together. We need each other.

So, I ask You … please give us Your peace. Please unite us and make us complete as we work together in faith. Fill us with the power of Your Spirit so that we might not let foolish and unimportant discussions separate and divide us. Keep us focused on You through worship, praise, prayer, and Your living and powerful Word.

With Your help, I will SEEK You and what You say is best. I will do all I can to live in peace and share Your love. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

Living out our faith with friends leads to the kind of peace that surrounds and strengthens when health fails, justice can't be found, needs overwhelm, and danger threatens.

Let’s close today with a few quotes about doing faith with friends…

“There is a brotherhood within the Body of Believers, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the common denominator. Friendship and fellowship are the legal tender among Believers.” ~ J. Vernon McGee

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” – C.S Lewis

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

[Spiritual friendship] “is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.” – Tim Keller

“I want the whole Christ for my Saviour, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.”  ~ John Wesley

May the Lord bless and encourage you as you SEEK to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE Him and live your faith with friends. May we all pray for “peace in Jerusalem.”

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  1. Kathy Francescon says:

    Beautiful, comforting, and so needed this morning, Deb! It is empowering and strengthening to be in the midst of like minded friends sharing the power and promises of our Holy Father. The quotes you listed are awesome and so true! Thank you, that you also bring so many together to share friendship and fellowship, prayers and praises for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am in constant prayer for peace in Jerusalem…
    May God remain the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. Amen.

    1. Kathy,
      I got your note this morning and I do agree with you with all you said. You are the best!! Love you my sweet friend.

    2. Amen, Kathy! Friends who help us grow and stand strong in our faith are the very best kind of friends. I am so thankful for all of you and for the many others the Lord has brought into our lives throughout our years in ministry. You all give us the added strength we need when the enemy tempts us with doubt and fear. Thank you, dear friend. i am so very thankful for you!

  2. Martha Orlando says:

    Enjoying and nurturing true fellowship with other believers is the bedrock of our Christian faith, Deb. Beautifully expressed here!

    1. Thank you, Martha! I am so thankful for the many faithful believers the Lord has brought into my life who have blessed and encouraged me along the way. Thank you for being one of those friends in my life. Blesings and Hugs!

  3. This is so very true and I am so thankful that you shared this post today. Yes indeed! Sharing is caring and being able to share with our Christian friendships is so comforting. I am thankful for the way you encourage friendships here on this site. I am grateful for the friendships I have encountered. It is so helpful and I have enjoyed the sharing with you and with Kathy as well. I have enjoyed and loved seeing others sharel; Such beautiful souls, all who show such a deep appreciation for our Lord and Savior. Thank you Deb for YOU! You are such a blessing to all of us. We love you and we all want so many blessings to come your way.

    1. I am with you, Sue. I’m so thankful for the wonderful friends, like you, that the Lord has brought into my life through CMB. Your encouragement and prayers help Rev and me more than you can possibly know. Thank you, sweet friend. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

  4. Ana Cordova says:

    Indeed we must surrounded ourselves with true friends that follow God’s way in order to continue to grow in our faith. I am so happy to be apart of your blog meeting all the wonderful persons that God has put us in our paths. God is always our rock to help us in our life’s through good and bad. Sorry for my late replies as I have been out of town. Have a wonderful blessed day Deb and everyone who follow you.

    1. We are so glad you join us here too, Joy. May the Lord surround you with strong faith-filled followers who love Him and will bless and encourage you! Praying that you are having a wonderfully blessed day as well.