Don’t Have to Fight for Joy and Peace

I’ve been wrestling for joy and peace the last couple of weeks. But according to Galatians 5:22, I don’t have to fight for it. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . .” Joy and peace don’t come naturally to me. And I can fight for both with all my might, but I cannot attain it. I can put myself into peaceful, tranquil settings, like this sunset in Maui, but I cannot manufacture joy and peace. That is because the Holy Spirit is the only true source of joy and peace. The Spirit produces them both by replicating Jesus’ life in us, His followers. So instead of fighting for joy and peace, I need to be releasing my life to the control of the Holy Spirit. I do that by making sure that sin isn’t at home in my life and by consciously depending on the Holy Spirit. “Holy Spirit, please be in control of my life today so that I may experience Jesus’ life in and through my life. Holy Spirit, let me experience Jesus’ joy and peace!”

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