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Joy and Peace

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Joy and Peace. Joy is something we choose. The fullness of joy is found in the presence of the Lord. Peace means rest, quiet and stillness in your heart. It doesn’t mean there won’t be trouble, but it pushes through all the circumstances and gives you the ability to endure and be calm.

Psalm 5:11says, “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.”

There is nothing like knowing so much is going wrong but to just know everything will be ok and work out as it should. That kind of peace in all circumstances really helps to choose joy and see God in all things.

When we are in moments of feeling joy and peace, we are also hopeful. But in times where we are not feeling joy and peace our hope can also be shaken.

I find it interesting that so many of the fruits of the spirit tie us back to hope.

When walking through different seasons in life I can see how my joy and peace are connected to the hope I have in the outcome of things. If I don’t have peace in whatever it is I’m walking through, then I’m not too hopeful in a good ending and my joy and happiness are for sure out the window as well.

Romans 15:13 says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

It says the source of hope, God, fills us with joy and peace. Yes, we choose to follow God and let Him lead and when we do so we are more likely to feel the joy and peace He provides in all things.

Without God I’m not sure I could have overcome of my anxiety and fearfulness. Throughout my life there were a lot of things I wouldn’t even try because I was worried about failing and thinking about who I may have let down and then of course dealing with my own self-criticism.

But the Lord has shown me a lot and that failing and being wrong is not the end of things but the beginning of growth. It’s the beginning of change. We are imperfect humans who make mistakes all the time. It is how to learn from it all and move forward.

Jeremiah 31:25 says, “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

I walk this life now knowing that God is with me, and He will provide the peace and joy needed in everything. He will give me the strength and understanding to make it through anything. My confidence is in who He is.

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