I’m continuing my series based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, “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.”
Each month, I’ll pick a fruit and share a few thoughts and verses about it.
I’m focusing on the fruit of joy this month.
My late Pastor of more than a decade used to share a story about a painting of a bird that was on a tree branch singing. There’s nothing extraordinary about a singing bird. That’s what they do all the time, right?
When it’s bright and sunny outside, you can hear the beautiful sound of birds chirping away.
But that wasn’t the scene in the painting. What made this painting so memorable is that the bird was singing away as a storm raged all around it.
That, my friend, is a picture of peace!
It’s natural to feel peace when you’re lying on the beach or on vacation somewhere. It’s supernatural to feel peace when all hell is breaking loose around you.
How can Christians stay at peace despite the winds and the waves howling around them?
That comes through the Holy Spirit living inside of us! It’s not our ordinary peace that sustains us, but His extraordinary peace that helps us through whatever storm or trial we are facing.
Here are 3 Bible verses I hope will encourage you as you meditate on them, believe them, and apply them to your life:
- “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)
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
- “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
God is not surprised or unaware of what you are going through. Be at peace knowing that God Almighty is powerful enough to keep you and guard you no matter what struggle you are going through. He will see you through!
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