“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows. It empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us.” ~ Rev. Richard Levy

“But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …” ~ Galatians 5:22 NIV

In our continuing series on being like a tree in 2012, we’re taking a closer look at the fruit that naturally develops in a life plugged in to the source of life.

The next fruit on our list is peace.

Peace is calm, quiet, and order in place of doubts, fears, alarms, and forebodings. It is a sense of wholeness or completeness. Of being content in all circumstances. A calm inner stability. Tranquility of the soul. A sense of well-being.  The absence of agitation or discord.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 NIV) Peace begins when we are reconciled to God and our sins are forgiven.

Peace is the result of resting in a right relationship with God. The inner tranquility and poise of the those who trust in God. The fulfillment that comes from God and is dependent on His presence. This kind of peace is especially needed in days of uncertainty when we don’t know what will happen next.

Paul instructed the church saying, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) This kind of peace only comes when we stop worrying and trust God to handle the situation.

Jesus said, “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.” (John 14:27 NIV)

Oh, to be free from worries or doubts. To rest instead in the confidence that God can handle it. That’s what true peace is all about.

What about you? Have you ever experienced a peace that’s beyond understanding? Or are you consumed with doubts and worries? What role does trust play in finding peace?

Like A Tree – Fruit of Peace
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