Peaceful Holiness

“It is true that they disciplined us for a few years according as they thought fit; but He does it for our certain good, in order that we may become sharers in His own holy character. Now, at the time, discipline seems to be a matter not for joy, but for grief; yet it afterwards yields to those who have passed through its training a result full of peace–namely, righteousness” (Heb. 12:10-11, Weymouth).

Take note of the key phrase here in this verse: “a result full of peace.” This is what your Father wants for you. Peace. Real peace. Enduring peace. Peace that the world can’t take away from you, no matter what the external circumstances are. Producing the supernatural peace of God inside of us is one of Holy Spirit’s main goals. He even goes to the extreme of saying that His Kingdom consists of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). In other words, if His Kingdom is reigning on the inside of you to the full extent, you will find yourself enjoying these three treasures in abundance.

He has abiding joy for you. In this life. He has deeper peace for you. Right now. He also wants to give you the freedom of knowing you are right with Him. Righteousness and peace and joy. This is where we are headed. This is what God will bring forth through whatever you are enduring right now. Profound, unstealable peace. Indescribable joy. The beautiful liberty of sharing in His character, His nature. Jesus’ own nature produced inside of you.

It will be worth it. Whatever you are going through, it will be worth it. Throw up your hands in worship and give Him everything once again. If you need to, crawl up on His altar in surrender one more time. Trust His beautiful heart. He has a result full of peace in store for you. He has “certain good” written into His plans for your future. Yes, you are in training. And it will be far more worth it than you can even imagine right now.

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Jesus endured for the joy set before Him. What is the joy set before you? What does it look like?

 

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