Living in the Two Hearts

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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit… PEACE

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 8, 2012

His PEACE be with you ALWAYS…

Recap of the previous FRUITS…

(1) Charity – Cause us to perform our actions out of love for God

Compliments Wisdom and Piety

“The virtue which inclines us to love God above all things for His own sake, AND our neighbor for the sake of God. In the Old Testament the word charity occurs three times, the same Hebrew word being elsewhere translated LOVE (Prov. 10:12; Song. 2:4; 8:7).” ~Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

CHARITY = LOVE (Agape = Love of God, not to be confused with Eros = love of man)…

Read more about Charity…

THE SECOND FRUIT… JOY!

(2) Joy – Keeps us happily aware of God’s infinite goodness

Companion to UNDERSTANDING and PIETY

 “God is Love” (cf. 1John 4: 8, 16), and love is His first gift, containing all others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” (Romans 5:5).  ~CCC§733

And as one can read, Joy is a RESULT of CHARITY which is LOVE…

Read more about JOY…

TODAY’S FRUIT : PEACE…

(3) Peace – Results from joy and renders us tranquil

Also a companion to Piety and Understanding

“Harmony between God and man and between men among themselves. The fall of our first parents disturbed this harmony. Sin constituted man an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10) and there was need of a reconciliation.”

“It was the promised Messiah… marked out to bring this reconciliation and restore peace to man. Our Lord and Savior brought peace of soul to all men who would receive Him (Luke 2:14; John 14:27).” ~ Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM.

For St. Paul gives us this good ‘rule of thumb’…

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the One Body. And be thankful.  

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~ Col 3: 15-17, emphasis added

For…

Peace was the precious fruit of His suffering and death for us (Luke 24:36; Rom. 1:5). The soul of a Christian should enjoy the peace of Christ (Phil. 4:7; Col. 3:15). God is a God of Peace (1 Thess. 5:23). The godless cannot enjoy true peace (Is. 48:22).” emphasis added

“Christ taught His Apostles to wish peace to all with whom they came in contact (Matt. 10:12) and He frequently greeted His disciples with ‘Peace be to you’ (John 20:21, 26; Luke 24: 36).” Ibid, emphasis added

Christ’s direction to His Apostles AND to us as well…

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard Me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. ~ Jn 14: 27-28

An Example of this frequently given by…

“Paul wishes the same peace to his Christians at the beginning of all his letters. He also exhorts all Christians to live in peace with one another (Rom. 12:18; Eph. 4:3; Heb. 12:14), for it is a characteristic of those who belong to Christ.” Ibid, emphasis added

WE SHOULD DESIRE PEACE…

But we should desire the RIGHT kind of PEACE.  ONLY the PEACE from GOD will give us what we desire…

Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries.

PEACE CANNOT BE ATTAINED  on earth WITHOUT SAFEGUARDING the goods of persons, free communication among men, RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF PERSONS AND PEOPLE, and the assiduous practice of fraternity.

Peace is “the tranquility of order,” (St. Augustine, De civ. Dei, 19, 13, 1). Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity (cf. Is 32:17). ~CCC§2304, emphasis added

For we are told IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that…

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. Peace is a goal of  Christian living, as indicated by Jesus who said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”. The Fifth Commandment requires us to preserve and work for peace [that is no war, no killing of neighbor], which was defined by St. Augustine as “the tranquility of order,” and which is the work of justice and the effect of CHARITY. ~ Glossary, Catechism of the Catholic Church, emphasis added

So once again, in the accepting of the HOLY SPIRIT, desiring to receive His GIFTS that bear GREAT FRUIT we can fully TRUST and TRULY BELIEVE that…

By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” (cf. Gal 5: 22-23).  “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit,” (Gal 5:25; cf. Mt 16:24-26).

“Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” ~ St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto, 15, 36.

~ CCC§736

AND SO WE CLOSE…

With the words of St. Paul – that wonderful evangelist who held NOTHING back …

LISTEN and BELIEVE!

HAVE NO ANXIETY about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~Phil 4: 6-7
, emphasis added

Recommended Reading:

Soon Arrival of Pentecost
7 GIFTS of the Holy Spirit

Removing the Restrainer

Lesson in Sacred Scripture
Part I
Part II
Part III

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