Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
There are nine (9) defined fruits of the spirit that Galatians teaches us and today we are going to be talking about the fruit of peace love (Galatians 5:22)
The Fruit of the Peace is to know God. If you do not have God in the center of your life, you will struggle to have peace. Have you seen the bumper sticker that reads: “No God? No Peace. Know God. Know Peace”? Seeking a sense of peace outside of God will eventually cause major problems in your life.
The forbidden fruits of peace are drugs, alcohol, pornography, to name only a few. Many Christians struggle with this as they feel that the use of drugs gives them a sense of peace. Instead, abusing substances separates us from being close to God. The reality of these forbidden fruits is that they can lead to behavior in which you might not otherwise engage. Thank God we have a peacemaker; a savior that cleanses us from it all and forgives us our trespasses daily. (Romans 8:9-10) Be at peace. Know that the scripture says in Romans that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
How do you know you have peace? The opposite of peace is conflict, strife, violence, anger, confusion or fear. The peace of God brings relief and freedom from all these things. Even when others may surround you who are struggling, you can be at peace in the midst of it all. You can pray in a negative atmosphere as God knows our thoughts before we even pray to Him.
If you are struggling to have peace in your life, let us help you today to restore peace to you and your family. If you are located in the Tulsa area call today to set an appointment to meet with an Outpatient Counselor, 918.438.4257.