Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace – January 25, 2017

Romans 14:1, Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.

1 Timothy 4:8, …for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

At Cottonwood Creek Church, I’ve been presenting a series entitled, “Life Matters More When We Honor God!” This past Sunday, I spoke about honoring God with our physical bodies. Years ago, St. Francis offered a beautiful prayer which was his expression and desire to use his physical body and present it as an instrument to be used by God for ministry and service.

His prayer was titled, “Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace,” and it reads:

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, (let me offer) pardon;
Where there is doubt, (let me bring) faith;
Where there is despair, (let me offer) hope;
Where there is darkness, (let me be) light;
Where there is sadness, (let me bring) joy.”

Certainly, St. Francis understood the simple fact that our physical presence and bodies are to be used first and foremost as instruments to do God’s work here on this earth. So, as you make your journey today, use your body as an instrument for God’s work. In doing so, you will be blessed along with those around you.

Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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