Peace Be With You (And Me) | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Peace Be With You (And Me) | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber

[MUSIC PLAYING] – When I have a
relationship that’s broken and I have tried to do
what was mine to do– apologize for my part, try
and keep an open heart– and they won’t go for it. When I offer them peace
and they do not receive it, I don’t then tend to just
peacefully walk away. Usually I become obsessed with
all the ways they’re wrong and all the ways I’m wrong. Neither of which
feels too great. And I tend to think about
all of it way too much. It’s like I rent out free
space in my head to them, free rent for a hostile tenant. But Jesus said this thing
that gives me pause. He said, whatever house
you enter, first say, peace to this house. And if anyone is there
who shares in peace, your peace will
rest on that person. But if not, it
will return to you. Which makes me wonder. Man, how much do we
allow other people to be the source of our peace? Like, you have peace when your
boss gives you enough praise. You have peace when you’re
sure none of your friends are unhappy with you. You have peace when
your teenager is making all the right decisions. You have peace when
you just completely isolate yourself from
others, and that way they can never hurt you. But it’s not helpful
to make other people the source of our peace. Because they were
not really the source of your peace to begin with. Because God and God
alone is our real source. And, I mean, that’s not
just religious jargon. I mean it quite literally. You came from the breath of God. There is that within you. The very image of God that
can not be hurt by rejection, it does not mean that the
rejection that happens in our lives won’t hurt. It means it simply
cannot hurt what matters. [MUSIC PLAYING]

6 Replies to “Peace Be With You (And Me) | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber”

  1. Luke 10:5, 10-11 — When you enter a house first say, "Peace to this house." If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not it will return to you. But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into the streets and say, "Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you." "Love your neighbor as yourself" doesn't mean you have to be a people-pleaser or a doormat.

  2. I was a very devout Christian for many years. The last several years I have become an apostate agnostic atheist apistevist and my whole family and all my friends deserted me because my opinion changed. That has caused me to have a little resentment toward the idea of faith so I am consequently generally repulsed by messages coming from a place of faith.

    Your messages are different though. I enjoy listening to you quite a bit. You and I will probably always disagree on the idea of faith, but I want you to know I respect you nonetheless. Please keep doing what you are doing. You have my support.

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