This chapter talks about our need for “Peace” and our need to be “Perfect”. It is amazing that it begins by teaching us that if we are concerned what “others say and do”, we will have no peace. Aren't we told that we need recognition? And this recognition comes through other people? If someone does not like me nor what I am doing because I love God above all, should I change to appease them?
This chapter tells us that if we do not worry about the thoughts and actions of other men we will not just have peace but have it in abundance. Ever notice that those who are always concerned with the things that others do are very unhappy?
We are told we cannot have peace unless we freely give our lives and our inner most thoughts over to God. The First Commandment.
We are told this not only makes us unhappy when we concern ourselves with the actions of others but prevents us from overcoming any type of habitual sin.
Our greatest obstacle the “devil” does not want us to be free of our lusts and tells us not to read about the Saints who went before us who can show us the way. If we try to become like them and have the courage of our convictions, the Lord will help us. God will give us the victory!
We are also told that if we keep doing the work of God without private devotion we will soon lose all of the works we have done because we will not have the Divine Strength, Grace and Love that is needed to do His work and continue in His ways.
We are told if we are able to give up at least one sin a year we will be well our way to perfection-to having heaven right here on earth!
It is hard to bread old habits but if we turn our will over to God He will help us.
Our spiritual progress will be seen by our amount of peace and what joy we can bring to others.