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Peace Fruit

Peace Through Dry Morsels

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

Continuing our journey through peace cultivation, we have reflected on how important it is to ask God for the holy spirit’s guidance through our lives.  If we are looking at HIS roadmap, we are less likely to be diverted by external circumstances.

One thing that divert our attention is attaining “stuff.”  We desire bigger homes, nicer cars, stylish clothes and physical comfort.  Or, maybe your needs at this point are more urgent-you need a job, food, housing or health insurance.

No matter what we are striving towards, it’s important not to fall into the trap of “if-then” statements. An example of such a statement would be, “If I get this job, I will have peace.”  At that point you are equating something here in this world to provide you what only God can and this is when we can lose focus.  While it’s likely that, in our example, getting the job will yield temporary peace, because now you have an identified source of income, you will have the parallel stress of pleasing a new boss, adjusting to a new schedule and meeting new people.

Likewise, if you finally get to take the vacation you wanted, you may feel peace once you arrive at your location, but what if your problems at home just follow you on your trip?  This can lead to feeling let down and shortchanged.

Trying to live your life with deliberate simplicity can heighten our spiritual peace.  If you can afford “more” try to see if you can remain content with what you’ve already got until you are sure that you aren’t looking to the “thing” to feel more peace in your soul.

Though I have not gathered much evidence to back it up, I think it’s a true statement that people who live simply have more peace.

“Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”

Proverbs 17:1

Patience

Love Isn’t-Easily Angered

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Cor. 13:4-7

Love Isn’t Easily Angered

Think about the last time you lost your temper, blew your stack, exploded, yelled, screamed or ranted.  Or wanted to.

How much love are you feeling or exhibiting at those times?

It’s hard for love to live with anger.

Yet anger can be deeply satisfying, right?

And we have lots of ways of justifying our anger.  After all, do you want me to TELL you what that person DID to me?

Maybe you suffer deep-seeded pain from abuse.  Or maybe your kids are on your last nerve.  Maybe your spouse is gone.

We all know that anger damages us mentally, physically and spiritually.

Releasing anger releases US from bondage and increases our ability to give and receive God’s love.

There is not space in a devotional reading to equip you to deal with and get rid of you anger or to help you deal with angry people. Nor am I qualified to do so.  I am not very good at this sometimes. I just hope to encourage MYSELF and YOU to be on guard against anger.

Just some quick words from God about it, that can be translated as “tips” for dealing with anger in ourselves OR in someone else.

“An angry man stirreth up strife and a furious man aboundeth in transgression” Proverbs 29:22.  So, if you are angry you are provoking strife and sinning.  If someone else is doing it, the best course is to not participate and thereby refrain from sinning.  Turn from the anger and seek God’s love.

“Cease from anger and forsake wrath.” Psalm 37:8 Stop being angry and trying to get even.  Focus on loving yourself enough to step away from revenge.

“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered.”  Proverbs 22:24.   If you are constantly surrounded by angry people, it may be time to seek a new set of friends, a different workplace or become better equipped to step away from the fray.

Anger destroys our ability to love.

Let’s pray to have a less angry, more loving day!

All the Best in 2013!

Julie