Acronyms, especially faith acronyms, help foster peace within our hearts, families, and friendships. Later in this post, I’ll share one that provides a formula for having God’s love and peace continuously flowing in and through you.
I find it easy to experience God’s love when I’m alone with Him during my quiet times. But the farther I get from my reading chair, the more difficult it is to continue experiencing this fullness. And I wondered how I could stay topped up with His love, peace, and joy during upside down days.
Recently, while reading 2 Corinthians in my NIV Bible, I came across four truths I wanted to embrace so I could carry God’s love and peace with me throughout the day. I’m fond of acronyms, so I created one from the NIV version of this verse. Acronyms help me remember important truths from Scripture. But before I share it with you, let’s look closely at Paul’s words.
In 2 Corinthians, his words of warning were meant to encourage the church in Corinth to live in love, holiness, and unity. After reading verse eleven, I noticed the same principles are wise to apply to marriage, family, and work life too.
Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace;
and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV
If we aim for perfection, we’re not settling for the status quo. It means we reject the notion of only doling out love and respect to those who deserve it. To be perfect is to love unconditionally as Jesus did. As believers we can rely on God’s grace and power to fulfill His command to love our neighbors as ourselves—to love our family members perfectly even when they’re behaving imperfectly. Just as we hope they’ll offer the same grace to us—and even if they don’t.
When we listen to the Word, He empowers us to obey it. We—by the Spirit—can live in peace if we choose to walk in peace by keeping the aim for perfection as our goal instead of aiming for selfish gain. We—by the Spirit—can be of one mind because we’re focused on the same Truth—the same Words—of life. But if we drop the ball by not bothering to do these things, we quench the Spirit of love, joy, and peace in our hearts, lives, and relationships.
Now here’s the faith acronym I hope will be of service to you: BALL
B– Be of one mind.
A– Aim for perfection.
L– Listen to the Word.
L– Live in peace.
Dear friends, I hope this helps you remember: don’t drop the ball.
Blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Have you got a favorite faith acronym you’d like to share?