Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)
Peace is resting in the increasing outcome of experiencing God’s presence, provision, and fulfilled promises. I believe peace continues to grow deeper as we become more like Christ.
Peace in our relationships brings familiarity. Barriers and contention don’t exist, only closeness and comfort. Experiencing a close relationship with God is His desire for each one of us. He is a big God with the capacity to know each of us individually.
Peace wraps you in a warm blanket of blessed assurance letting you know that you are in God’s will. I experienced that warmth in my soul when I decided to go back to college. I looked for a program that would get me to a degree in as little time as possible. As I got out of my car to visit a local college campus I was enveloped in a calm assurance. It was like returning to a familiar place. Even before learning details of the program I knew this place was chosen for me. It turned out to be a Christian university with an accelerated degree program.
Peace is to share with others (Matthew 5:15, Luke 11:33). As the Holy Spirit’s peace settles within you others will take notice. You will navigate through rough waters without sinking and they will want what you have.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Peace brings the confidence you need to trust and obey God. Deuteronomy 28 is a favorite of mine because it lists many blessings of God’s provision through obedience. Because God lives up to His promises we learn to trust Him more and more. There is no reason for anxiety or worry, only thanksgiving. Our obedience blesses God and He blesses us in return. The outcome is a deep peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:4-7)
A peaceful spirit is open to God. Familiar with how He speaks. A mind and heart calm enough to hear His voice and receive His warming embrace. Confident to walk in obedience so that all will know you are a God’s child (Matthew 5:9).
How’s your peace? Have you thought about it lately?
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It’s October so this must be time for 31 Days of Five Minute Friday Free-Writes. The event is hosted by Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Fridays. We write daily for five minutes, or maybe a bit longer. The point is to write. Kate provides writers with a one-word writing prompt each day. Today the prompt NEED.