God’s Perfect Peace
On days when I feel shackled
Let me not forget I’m free…
That You took my sins and nailed them
To the cross at Calvary.
My old ways and bad habits
Were washed clean the day You died.
Forgive me when I cling to them
For that’s the sin of pride.
And when I try to run my life
Instead of trusting You,
Again forgive me, Jesus,
For that’s not the thing to do.
You said Your yoke is easy
And that Your burden’s light,
So there’s no valid reason
Why I should get uptight.
So help me, Lord, to rest in You,
May others always see
Your abiding perfect peace
Pouring out of me.
Read Galatians 5:16-26
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Directional signals on a car can be confusing! Sometimes a driver puts on his right signal but turns left. Other times a driver puts on the directional signal but never turns at all. It’s difficult to know how to react when what you see in front of you may not be accurate. Many accidents occur because of improper signals.
When we profess to be Christians, people observe the signals we give. They watch to see if our actions measure up to our words. Are we exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23? If we tell others that they should obey God but don’t live that way ourselves, we send out mixed messages.
Paying attention to the signals that we give to others ensures that we don’t cause spiritual accidents.
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What signals are you giving others?
by Frances Pasch
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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.