How do I cultivate the “peace that
surpasses all understanding” Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7? During the
next couple of weekends, I’ll be trimming my rose brushes, lavender plants, and
hydrangeas: pruning and cutting back. Likewise, the Holy Spirit lets me know
when I need “cutting off" or turning away from something. Yet, repentance is
more than turning away from; in turning away, one must also turn toward.
other day, I felt a twinge of rejection. A good friend looked pass me and onto
the next person as if I wasn’t even there. My thoughts began to breed vain
did she treat me that way? What did I do to deserve that? Who does she think
she is, Lord?” I found myself tense and negative in thought.
had a choice: harbor self-pity, which could easily boil over to resentment,
then anger; or, I could repent. I silently asked God what He saw. He showed me my heart.
Thorns had sprouted and poked out--instead of soft petals created to release a
my daughter, just like you are.” He whispered. Ouch! I knew what I had to do. Hebrews 12:11 reminded me, “No
discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it
produces a harvest of righteousness and
peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Through my harvest of repentance, I
turned away from and back to, the peaceful, joyful heart of God.
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