Living the Gifts of Christmas – Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5: 22-23.Image

Today I am trying to rest in the aspect of the fruit we know as peace. I am trusting Jesus at His word when he says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27. (bolding mine).

The world around me is spinning. My stomach is churning. I am waiting to hear about doctor’s appointments and waiting to know test results and in my humanness, I am a little afraid.

But in HIm I have peace.Image

He promises it.

He gives testament to it in His own life. Even as death was approaching Jesus prayed “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42. (bolding mine).

And, He was at peace. He knew what was coming and He was at peace. I am only promised today and yet sometimes peace escapes me.

I want it. I want to live it. I want to show that even when the world is scary and when the answers may not be the ones we want, there is peace.

His peace.

Peace like Paul talks about in Philippians 4:6-7:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

He knows my heart. He knows my fear. But He commands me to pray and to live thanksgiving.Image

I can do that.

Peace is promised.

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (bolding mine).

So, I hope that today, like me, you will find the peace of God no matter what your circumstance. Living in peace is one sign to the world that we Christians are different. We live for more.

Lynn

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15.

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