Do we have peace?

When we have friends, or loved ones, that are at the end of their journey on this mortal plane what emotion takes over? For me I am filled with sorrow for not being able to see that person anymore and share things with them. When I give it more consideration, though, I think I should feel differently. I am reminded that Paul said in his epistle to the Phillipians “For to me,to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21. Later Paul writes “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Paul looked forward to the end of his life. This did not make him a suicidal nut or anything of the sort, rather it made him one who had a full scope of the big picture. He understood that this life is temporary and he planned to be with Christ when this life ended. In the Phillipian epistle Paul also writes in chapter 4 verses 6 and 7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”. We are reminded also of what Paul wrote to Timothy in chapter 4 of the second letter to Timothy and verses 6 through 8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” Every day in this world someone passes from this life and they are mourned. It is right that we mourn. The Preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 4 says “A time to weep, and a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to dance.” There is a time for everything in this life. While we mourn let us remember that if these have the peace of a strong faithful relationship with God we don’t need to shed tears of sorrow. We need to see to it that we finish the race as Paul had and we can be with them again in Abraham’s bosom awaiting our final judgment and entry into our life eternal with our Father, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit and rejoice for all eternity with those who have gone on before. Let us all search for, and attain that peace that comes from serving God as we have been commanded in the New Testament.

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