As one who has been diagnosed with Clinical Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder at different points in my life, when I was challenged to read and focus on one fruit of the spirit presented in Galatians 5:22-23, peace was a no-brainer. Here's the passage as a reminder:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
First, the question:
What is Peace?
You can find many different definitions for peace, but in relation to peace with God, this passage from gotquestions.org was extremely helpful:
Believers have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in their hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have the choice either to trust God’s promises (letting His peace rule) or to rely on ourselves and reject the peace He offers. Jesus gave His disciples peace based on the truth that He has overcome the world (John 14:27; 16:33). Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, so, if we are allowing the Spirit of God to rule in our lives, we will experience His peace. To be spiritually minded brings life and peace, according to Romans 8:6.
Trusting God's promises v/s relying on self. Seems like an easy choice, right? Not for me. Relying on self has been my chosen path far too many times, and I could write an entire book on the fallout and consequences of walking that road.
So, I ask myself, "Who do you trust and why do you trust them?" I know the people I trust, really know them. I've observed people in my life, and based on their actions and reactions make a decision to trust. I trust people who I know love me.
Circle back around, "Do you trust God?"
I know God is trustworthy, but that isn't the answer to the question. Do my thoughts, actions, reactions, decisions SHOW my trust?
I leave it here for today and will keep you posted on my journey.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.