THERE is no peace to them that resist God: if there be joy in the world, it is reserved for a pure conscience; the whole earth is full of tribulation and anguish to those who do not possess it.
How different is the peace of God from that of the world! It calms the passions, preserves the purity of the conscience, is inseparable from righteousness, unites us to God and strengthens us against temptations. The peace of the soul consists in an absolute resignation to the will of God.
"Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful." (Luke 10: 41.) The pain we suffer from so many occurrences, arises from the fact that we are not entirely abandoned to God in everything that happens.
Let us put all things, then, into his hands, and offer them to Him in our hearts, as a sacrifice beforehand. From the moment that you cease to desire anything according to your own judgment, and begin to will everything just as God wills it, you will be free from your former tormenting reflections and anxieties about your own concerns; you will no longer have anything to conceal or take care of.
Until then, you will be troubled, vacillating in your views and enjoyments, easily dissatisfied with others and but little satisfied with yourself, and full of reserve and distrust. Your good intentions, until they become truly humble and simple, will only torment you; your piety, however sincere, will be the occasion of more internal reproach than of support or consolation. But if you will abandon your whole heart to God, you will be full of peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. fenelon
I find no contradiction between the above sentiment and also presently being aware of the plans of the agitators . . . the civil war they would have . . . the racial strife being stirred . . . and for one to be prepared, as led . . . for what will become very sudden, hard, brutal daily realities . . . . The platitudes will disintegrate . . . and practical, real, inspired reactions must take to the fore . . . . There are duties and responsibilities and selfish cowardice disguised in a show of humility, "meekness" . . . passivity . . . will not necessarily be proper or actually "meek". Meek may mean that one boldly stands up, proclaiming the truth, defending the weak, even physically, as one submits to the Lord's commands as they pierce the heart in any given moment of crisis.
I know what's coming and I cannot help but to alert and condition somewhat certain souls . . . who WILL find themselves in the thick of it . . . . We are to be in the world, and so, we work, pay taxes (which supports a military, abortion and all manner of atrocities), vote, speak our minds, raise children, make food, provide shelter, heal . . . all things in their proper place. We are not recluses--passive observers, like the yogi's and Taoist hermits . . . but, engaged followers of Christ, in the world, but of Him . . . and this reality, here on this planet, right now, is the most current, leading edge, FIELD OF ACTION in the universe, where spirit manifests through body, actions, deeds . . . making a trail . . . affected by, and then, returning effect to the whole . . . .
Meekness is not dumb, blank passivity; but rather submitting to the will of God as His will speaks to each unique soul, personally, related to their own special destiny . . . within His all-encompassing Plan . . . . Which is why we are not to judge one another. HE will judge. Which is why we are to be careful the rules, the trips, the constrictions, the parameters we often feel compelled to enforce on others according to OUR own light.
Each has their own light, as it filters through their individual history/being . . . and we are but to love one another and let the Lord sort out the infractions as He will, later . . . .
God will bless you,