Worry was like a prison for me. Over the last several years, bit by bit, I have been able to let God transform my mind to the point that things that would have sent me into a tailspin before are not that big of a deal.
It's all in the mind.
The apostle Paul says we have the mind of Christ, which I believe would be evident in the Fruit. However, he also urges us to test ourselves to see if we are in the faith. So I've been testing.
I find that lately I have many more questions than answers, but the one thing I do know is that all that the opposite of the fruit is not the way of Peace.
And Peace is what we all want, right?
The first area was love. I decided I was going to put my prejudices and goody-goodiness aside and just love people where they were. It is not my job to be the Spirit and in many ways my lack of love was bad ambassadorship.
Next on my plate has been forgiveness.....no I don't hold unforgiveness of others at all. It is me. I decided once and for all that I do forgive myself and that that is the only way to go on. No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit....
And that all ties into worries. If we are going to believe what God said about worry then we are not to do it. How? I am taking the whatsoever is lovely approach and filling my heart and mind with those things that would lead to peace.
I turned off the news and the brimstone and hellfire sermons and speculation of the end of the world and am trying to LOVE, LIVE, FORGIVE, and be JOYFUL.
We as believers have work to do and the fear of the above was paralyzing. We are to believe on the ONE that God has sent and to be ministers of reconciliation.
The Good news is that Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly. I don't know what all that means, but I do know that we are to overcome the world just as He did.
He leaves His peace with us, so I'm taking it.