But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience) gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (being humble), temperance (self-control); against such, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Because of sin, we are natural-born warriors; in fact, it takes little effort to engage in conflict with the mindset of winning by any means necessary.
We stay armed and ready for battle by keeping our swords sharpened from the active participation against those in our own household. Sarcastic words, focusing on faults, keeping permanent records of past misgivings, and feelings of resentment due to the failure to receive what we rightfully deserve easily take root and flourish in marriages, families, the workplace, and even in our churches.
In order to achieve peace, we must lay down the Swords of Unforgiveness, Bitterness, and Retaliation; they are ungodly character traits which create an environment of strife and promote a discontented spirit from within.
How do we transition from possessing unhealthy traits to a gentle and loving character that promotes stability, generosity, and faithfulness?
First, we ask God to forgive our sins and plead for His help to enable us to change, in how we react and respond. This is the hardest part, you must be ready to endure the tests; just remember, always pray for help–even if it is a silent prayer.
Pray before Speaking and Reacting!
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13
All unproductive habits can and must be broken!
Our responsibility is to reflect the love of Christ in all situations. We are part of God’s army and as His soldiers, we achieve victory from faithfully trusting and obeying God.
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
God gives us the command to “Be still!” which translates into “Be quiet.” The ocean has two phases: Calm and inviting with small waves and raging with larger, tumultuous waves. It is energy that is transmitted by the wind-driven waves; the ocean does not empty itself of water from its wave activity. When we choose to participate in conflict, we expend our vital resource, the Holy Spirit who must retreat because God is a God of peace and not of confusion. As a result, we empty ourselves because we are no longer driven by the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever felt peaceful, full of positive energy or closer to God after engaging in conflict? Each of us would answer with a negative response; remember to utilize your only option, God, and God alone.
God wants everything to be done peacefully and in order…1 Corinthians 14:33 first part, ESV
We were not created to fulfill the role of warriors; let God bring victory into your life by letting Him take control of every strife driven situation that you face.
We have the power of choice to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives and give us God’s wonderful peace by laying down our swords!
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have become self-appointed warriors by carrying swords and engaging in conflict with the intent to deliver fatal wounds. And for our actions, we ask you to forgive us. Oh God, we desire your peace and a transformation of our character to align with the Fruit of the Spirit. Please teach us how to react and respond according to your will. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Part 1 of 2 in Achieving Peace
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019