And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
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I do need the peace of God to guard my heart and mind because I am a concealed weapon. I have a quick temper, a sharp vocabulary of contempt and pipe bombs of pessimism. I am a lethal arsonal of human swill, but I am not without hope of being radicalized into God's beloved and forgiven child. The peace of God often keeps me contained long enough to see truth, honor, justice, purity, excellence in the world and miraculously inside myself. We have what makes for peace in our closets, but we often prepare to face the world dressed to kill. The peace of God is the guard who stands at our doors and asks, "Are you sure that is what you want to wear today?"
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Thanks, Lord, for giving me the chance to be my better self. Amen.