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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Learning Peace with Dovie

Today’s fruit of the Spirit is peace, so of course Dovie gets to have a special photo shoot for this post because as a dove she is recognized as a symbol of peace.

As I consider the fruit of the Spirit called peace, I’m recalling these words of Jesus:

“I’m leaving you with a gift; peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift that the world cannot give, so don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27) This is a gift of peace within.

Then we are given a vision of peace among people and peace between people and everything else that has life in Isaiah chapter 11 in which it is written, “...the wolf and the lamb will lie together...nothing will destroy on all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know God.”

Building upon this vision of peace from the prophet Isaiah, the author of the book of Revelation states that when this good earth is transformed by the power of God, true lasting peace will be established and “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4)

Peace is God’s vision for this good earth; peace among people and peace between people and everything else that has life.

A heart at peace is not troubled or afraid.

A heart at peace seeks to welcome and embrace one’s neighbor with love.

Peace is what happens when perfect love casts out all fear.

For the sake of peace, love does not demand its own way.

Peace of mind and heart and peace between ourselves and others are both rooted in our faith in God.

Peace is incompatible with hate, violence, oppression, fear, and marginalization.

Peace is a gift from God.

As we open our hearts and our minds to God’s vision of peace...

...peace among people and peace between people and everything else that has life...

...expressing our desire to partner with God in working for peace, let us pray:

Change the desires of my heart, loving God, so it beats in tune with yours; and may the changes you’re bringing about within me find expression in my living.

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