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How To Experience God’s Best In Life

An important teaching in the Bible is the Hebrew concept of “shalom.” A truly rich word, “shalom” comprehensibly means:

totality, completeness, fulfillment, maturity, soundness, wholeness, community, harmony, security, well-being, friendship, success, satisfaction, and prosperity.

When translated into the English “shalom” is most often rendered as “peace.” Theologically, “shalom” means so much more than just the absence of conflict. I like to define “shalom” as “God’s Best For God’s People.”

With that in mind, here is what the Bible has to say about how to experience “shalom”—God’s best for God’s people:

1) Pursue it.

Psalm 34:14

14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

2) Experience it by faith.

Psalm 37:8-11

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For those who are evil will be destroyed,

but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;

though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land

and enjoy peace and prosperity.

3) Love God’s Word

Psalm 119:165

165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

4) Resist envy

Proverbs 14:30

30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

5) Live for God’s pleasure

Proverbs 16:7

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

6) Do the right thing

Isaiah 32:17

17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

7) Believe God’s promises

Isaiah 54:10

10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

8) Find it in Jesus Christ

John 16:33

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Ephesians 2:14

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.

9) Let peace rule within

Colossians 3:15

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

10) Be a peacemaker

Hebrews 12:14

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

11) Sow peace daily

James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

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