In our fast-paced and often troubled world, finding a place of peace is the heart cry of many. Whether it’s an escape from war, finding peace in relationships or the midst of busy-ness, peace is highly valued and often elusive. Regardless of whether people acknowledge the existence of God, we all recognise the lack of peace in our lives and the world at large.
I have come to understand that I am most powerful when I am peaceful. When I’m at peace, my perspective changes and I respond to the fruit at work inside me rather than the shouts of situations demanding my immediate attention.
Peace is the fruit that we stumble over and miss unless we are intentional in our thoughts and actions. One of the best ways I have found of moving into peace is to slow down and connect with God. When I do this, I allow Him to speak to me from His perspective. I view the situation from the heights of Heaven rather than from my earthly vantage point.
I’ve discovered that the pace at which I’m travelling and the amount of information I’m processing affects the level of peace that I walk in. If I am moving too fast through life, my thoughts gather in quantity and speed, and it’s difficult for me to find and live in peace. Every time I slow down, take a few deep breaths and unclutter my thoughts, the ability to recover and enjoy peace increases exponentially.
We all crave the peace that only Jesus brings as He speaks to the wind that rages and the waves that threaten to engulf. So many spend their lives seeking a place or a state of mind that provides peace while failing to access the source of real and lasting peace. True peace is a gift from God, and it passes all understanding.
This is what the fruit of peace means to me. Peace is a state of serenity, quiet and ease of mind. It is about learning to be calm, to be restful. Peace is about walking into a troubled situation and releasing the presence of God.
Peace is about stillness in the midst of turbulence. It is about being content and untroubled, regardless of circumstances. Peace comes when we understand whose we are and choose to give Him all our anxious thoughts, knowing that He cares for us.
Jesus is the personification of peace. He came as peace, gave us His peace, and when He left this world, He sent us out in peace. The fruit of peace is a guard for our hearts.
What does peace mean for you? Are you intentional about stepping into peace? Why not ask God about the peace that He is offering you?
From Andee Sellman’s book “Reflections on the Fruit of the Spirit”. You can purchase any of the titles from the Land of Seven Rivers Foundational Series in either e-book or paperback format by following the link https://www.landofsevenrivers.org/store.html
Andee Sellman is the founder of Land Of Seven Rivers.
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