Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Wow, I hope everyone had a chance to view the comments regarding our conversation on television viewing with our unbelieving spouses. Excellent! Wise words. I found e-Mom's comments delightful and true. She hints at the old adage, If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy.
Our attitudes do tend to set the tone in our homes. This is a big responsibility. Is it fair this burden rests on our shoulders? Perhaps it is. I believe God created us as, mothers and wives, to be the heart and pulse of the family.
Which leads me to today's scripture. Peace!
Why does Paul talk about shoes of peace?
The Roman soldier wore a very distinctive shoe in battle:
a. It had thick leather straps that secured it to the foot.
b. On the bottom of the sole were little pieces of metal that protruded like spikes to give the soldier firmness of footing so he could stand in the battle.
c. In hand-to-hand combat, the soldier could hold his ground and make quick moves without slipping, sliding, or falling.
d. The shoes provided protection for long marches.
e. The enemy would often place razor sharp sticks in the ground in hopes of piercing the feet of advancing soldiers.
When we understand the preparation and the protection of a Roman soldier's shoe we can see why Paul used this analogy.
Peace is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our entire identity, everything we are must rest in Jesus. That is real peace.
I am a personal witness to the truth of living in peace. I live with an unbelieving spouse. Five days a week I am a single parent. I balance a very busy life yet I have a genuine peace.
Where I believe, as women, we get into trouble is faking peace, love, and submission. We intellectually understand Biblical teaching with regard to Godly women and we force ourselves into obedience. This never works for me. I can try to live the smiling and submissive wife; however, if I don’t genuinely want to do it, bitterness grows. Believe me it grows fast and ugly.
For me, following scripture teaching must come from my heart and be a genuine desire. I only have achieved this through prayer. My prayerful heart crying out to God, "Lord, make me want to live Your word," is what made me genuine. It is through God's transforming power that I am authentic and obedient to the Lord, to my husband, my role as mother, friend and servant.
When you live an authentic life, you will find peace. You will only have peace when you rest in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:7: and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.
I could spend a ton of time on living authentically. Perhaps I will write more about this subject when this series concludes. I am wondering if you might help me however, what are YOUR thoughts on living authentically?
Be Blessed, Lynn
PS. If you want a list of scripture verses that confirm who you are in Christ, I have a list that Dineen Miller comprised for her daughter up on my Bible study site. Lynn Donovan