Obtaining His Peace
Over the years, I’ve learned that I understood little about being a christian. I grew up in church my whole life, had a christian family, and could recite the ten commandments. However, I really never grasped the concept of what it really meant to be a christian, or what God wanting and expected of me. One thing I knew of but didn’t fully understand was the Fruits of the Spirit.
I knew a few of them growing up, but until about a year ago I never knew how to apply them to my life. I was under the impression that I needed to pray for God to give me patience to handle the hard days full of screaming toddlers. I thought I had to do all the right things for the Holy Spirit to fill me with joy. I believed that only those who really deserved peace could obtain it in their homes.
I was so wrong.
It wasn’t until I did a bible study by Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God did I know that the fruits are given to us, to freely take if we want them. They are gifts from God, not trophies for milestones we reach in our walk with him. Priscilla using the analogy of the Holy Spirit bringing them in a fruit basket.
I imagine God sending the Holy Spirit with a basket of fruit as a welcoming gift for joining the family!
In 1 John 4:16 we read “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
Whoever lives in love. Not whoever passes a test will gain love, or the knowledge of how to love.
Romans 5:1 says “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We HAVE peace. Have it, not will have it someday.
This knowledge changed my life. I always thought that if I just prayed hard enough I would wake up joyful tomorrow. It’s a choice.
You choose to be joyful.
You choose to love.
To have peace, and be peaceful.
To be patient.
And you chose self-control.
The Holy Spirit can give you a helpful nudge to receive these, but it’s up to you to take them and use them.
Yes, my peace comes from the Lord, and he wants me to use it. This blog is about seeking peace in my every day chaotic life. But more importantly, it’s about the one who holds that peace, the Peacemaker! Our Father.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22