SPIRITUAL FRUIT:  PEACE

Read Galatians 5:22-26

The fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

-Galatians 5:22

            Several years ago, I car-pooled to college with two or three young men who were studying for the ministry, and a pastor’s wife who was studying to be a teacher. She and her husband were very close. They had five children and struggled financially. One day, without any previous illnesses or warnings, he died.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God gives us peace, which transcends all understanding.

As news of his death swept through the community, a group of people gathered in the pastorium to offer their support and prayers. Driving there, the tragedy of the event began to sink in. I wondered what she would do, how she would be able to raise the children alone. Would she be able to complete her studies? How long would it be before she and her children would have to move? Where would she go? What would she do? By the time I arrived, I was sad and upset.

Entering the house, I saw she was handling the situation better than I was. With a sweet smile and tear-filled eyes, she was going around the room, welcoming everyone, making them feel comfortable, expressing appreciation for their coming, and chatting briefly with them. There was no fear or worry in her. She radiated peace.

The peace she had was God given, but it is available to everyone who has faith and trusts in Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Oh Lord, we thank you that you have given us a peace that does not depend on our circumstances.

Prayer Focus:  THOSE WHO SEEK PEACE.

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