Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - PEACE

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

This is the third of a nine part series I call "Spiritual Fruit of the Month Club".  Have you ever seen or received a gift where you are entered into a club and once a month you are sent a box of fruit - a different kind of fruit each month?  Well, that is what we will be doing here - on the first Sunday of each month for the next nine months I will be sending you a digital box of Spiritual Fruit.  We will study and try to use that fruit in our daily lives for that month.

Where does inner peace come from?....our family?.....our friends?
Tranquility of the heart and spiritual harmony is based on forgiveness through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We are at peace when our conscience is clear......when we know that we have been forgiven.

Have you ever been unable to sleep because your mind is racing through whatever hardship you might be facing?  Or maybe you stay awake at night with an emotional ache from something that you did or from something done to you.  These situations are the opposite of Peace - unrest, uproar, anxiety, turbulence and turmoil.

Our actions show what is in our heart:

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful."  Colossians 3:15

Our actions also show what is in our mind:

"The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."  Romans 8:6

There are two trains of thought - First that our emotions come from our thoughts and if we change our way of thinking then our emotions will change with that.  The second theory is that our emotions happen first and then our thoughts will follow.  I don't think either one of these are correct - I believe that our hearts and our minds are equal.  We must have Heavenly Peace  in both places (heart & mind) before our actions will change.  The verse below is so amazing - This "peace" from our heavenly Father protects our hearts and minds through His Son/our Savior Jesus.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:7

In prayer you must use both your heart & your mind (emotions and thoughts).  This month let's take the time to pray diligently.  
What will you do with your peck of Peace this month?


  1. Great idea on the spiritual fruit of the month club! Thanks, I needed this one.

  2. Hi Angie: Colossians 3:15 is a scripture that I quote every day. I'm big on the peace of God! Congratulations on your feature at Flour Me With Love. I Linky Followed her. I looked for your feature at her blog but couldn't find it. Send me link.


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