30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
“A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.” (NIV)
“A sound mind makes for a robust body,
but runaway emotions corrode the bones.” (The Message)
The Eagles Had Almost No Idea
If you have listened to music by The Eagles, you have probably heard the song Peaceful Easy Feeling, which is actually a song about giving in to the wiles of a woman. The smart side is that they admit “She can’t take you any way you don’t already know how to go.” They understood our sinful nature!
The chorus is spot on, though: “‘Cause I got a peaceful easy feeling,
And I know you won’t let me down
’cause I’m already standing on the ground.”
Grounded in Christ, the One who will never let us down (though we may feel like He has at times), is the only true way to find peace.
We can see from the three different wordings above that a person at peace means more than just one part of our body. It means we are not worried. We know we are not worried when something does not trouble the mind or there are no bad dreams about life. This means on both the conscious and unconscious levels nothing “gets to us” or makes us feel guilty.
(If you listen to their song Take It Easy, you can see The Eagles still dealt with guilt and worry.)
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However, when we live in sin, when we refuse to acknowledge our wrongs and continue to go on as though our sinfulness is “not really all that bad,” we will suffer.
First, we suffer, because guilt can wear us out. I remember when I was in a relationship with a young woman (you may remember my previous comments). She was nice and all, but I had known for a while that it was not a relationship that honored God. My response to God: propose marriage to her!
Over the course of the next year, I began to sleep less, get more involved with things I should not have, and saw other relationships deteriorate.
In other words, I had let my emotions get the better of me.
I wanted the sensual side of a relationship. I wanted to have a life others had. I wanted many things that in and of themselves are not bad, but they were at the wrong time with the wrong person.
It wore me out.
Is there anything in your life that you know you should not be doing? Are there people in your life you should not be spending so much time around?
Get God. Get peace. Get a handle on your emotions. Get better! Only with God!
Awesome God, thank You for offering us peace. Help us to choose You. Help us control our emotions. Heal us and give us rest, that we may spread Your healing and peace to our hurt and weary world.