29 Days of Living Well: BEAR FRUIT – PEACE
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.
We live in a hyper-technological world. I miss the days when the extent of my social media annoyances stemmed from unsolicited Facebook ‘pokes' and requests to play some random farm game. These days so many things fight for our attention and lower our ability to focus: unnecessary mentions on Twitter or “influencers” liking pictures from two years ago and expecting me to follow them. Whether it’s through my job in communications and press relations or outside of work, I am aware 24/7 of all the injustices the world holds as soon as I log into any social media platform. I’m asked to donate. Expected to take a stance. Expected to retweet. Expected to use a certain hashtag. Expected to invest emotionally. And somehow, I’m still called to walk in peace. Seriously? How?
Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation express our worries to God through prayer and petition. Then there’s a promise – the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.
Our culture at the moment is saturated with wellness and self-care tips about protecting your energy and guarding your peace. Much like joy, true peace exists regardless of circumstance. For those who are in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit is working in you regardless of what happens around you. This kind of peace comes from knowing that God does not change and is always faithful. The same God who came through in the Old Testament for the children of Israel, despite all of their ratchetness, is the same God who will come through for us even when it may not seem like it. Even when the news is overwhelming or injustices seem to follow us everywhere we turn, it is possible to have a peace that goes beyond our understanding.