Practicing Peace

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

In Galatians 5:16-25, Paul gives instructions to walk in the Spirit. He tells us to live our Christian lives the same way we began,by the Spirit of God. We discover in Gal. 5:22, that by walking in the Spirit our lives will yield the fruit of the Spirit. The word “fruit” is singular, not plural. That means that it is a cluster. We are not faced with a smorgas board to choose the ones we want. As we live connected to God spiritually, the fruit is all going to be produced in us. Love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

In the blog yesterday, I suggested that God can provide an unexplainable peace in the midst of the storms of our lives. Today, I want to say that it is possible to practice peace in every aspect of our lives.

James wrote that we are not at peace with others, because we are not at peace with ourselves. Then he tells us we are not at peace with ourselves, because we are not at peace with God.So if we live at peace with God, by walking in the Spirit, that is living a life directed by the Holy Spirit, then we can be at peace in our hearts. As we experience God’s peace within, then we can live peaceably with others.

So the beginning place is to make peace day by day with our heavenly Father. We can do that by walking in faith, surrendered to the Spirit of God living in us. As we do, then we can obey the words of Paul in Romans, to be at peace with all people as much as it is up to us.

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