Guide to Goodness

Standing United. Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

A few years ago, I realized I was living with a divided heart.  I found that as I grew in my relationship with God, I had been living a lukewarm faith and truth be told, my heart was anchored in things of this world rather than being united with God.   This division of heart was keeping me from lavishing life-giving love to those around me because that was not what was occupying my heart.  Instead, my divided heart led to snarky and fear-based thinking which brought unrest, division, and disruption to my world.  As my heart began to rest in the Prince of Peace, I started to bring this peaceful heart to those around me.  I began to see the fruits of the Spirit at work in my words providing comfort, pointing toward God and His goodness and promises, rather than perpetuating fear, anxiety, and worry.  The peace in my heart brings hope and peace into our culture, building God’s kingdom instead of feeding the fire of despair that rampantly burns in the world today. My contentment with God brings me in harmony with others and thus helps brings peace and unity into the world.

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