Lent - Fruit of the Spirit - Peace & Patience
Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit Never out of Season
“Peace” & “Patience”
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”
True peace comes only from God.
Peace WITH God The peace OF God.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“For he (Jesus) himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…”
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We Often Short-Circuit God’s Peace
“Do not be anxious about anything…, but in everything, by prayer… and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. 18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river…’”
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, [Stayed] because he trusts in you.”
“Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
-1 Corinthians 14:40
“Shalom” = “order and well-being”
Don’t fight needless battles.
Don’t “seek” power.
Watch your intake of everything.
Don’t major in minors.
Don’t be “Judgmental”.
Don’t be unnecessarily tough on yourself.
Don’t fight God.
Jesus is the “Prince of Peace”
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”
In Scrabble, PATIENCE is a minimum 12 point word.
S l o w D o w n
Be Patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.
“Being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
-2 Peter 3:9