Living peaceably and quietly… hmmm… what an idea!

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 

1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

— 1 Timothy 2: 1-2

The idea of living a quiet life in peace can be a completely foreign thought for some people – especially if they grew up in a city.  For those who grew up in a small town or rural area, there is a higher probability that this is just the way that life is. before going any further however, let’s just iron out an idea of what quiet and peaceable means.  What it means is to live a life in your own space – your home – wherever or whatever it might be with your family and to be content. To be steadfast and content. To follow a life of godliness that does not make one’s life hectic by doing bad things such as stealing or drug trafficking, but instead lead a life that is honourable to God. 

To look at this from another angle, imagine all of the trouble one would avoid and all the heartache, and unstill waters (the opposite of quiet), just by following the 10 commandments.  

Moving ahead to a full review of these verses, Paul is strongly urging all people to pray and help fellow man through prayer through Jesus Christ, and to have a spirit of thanksgiving.  This is an important example to follow because these actions in 1 Ti 2:1 force us to humble ourselves before God, to think of other people besides ourselves, and to think about all the things God has done for us.  The second verse is important because these are actually broader paradigms of thinking that encompass doing the right things in life, keeping it simple, following the guidelines set forth in the Holy Bible, and leading an extremely efficient and productive life. 

Just think about the words – and sharpen your life.

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