A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson



But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . . —Galatians 5:22

The future is something we all should be thinking about, because we need to plan ahead. Not only do we need to think about what we will do in this life, but also what we will do for all eternity.

An extensive survey conducted in the United States by a leading polling agency distributed questionnaires to people of various ages and occupations, asking, "What are you looking for most in life?" When the results were compiled, the analysts were surprised. Most expected those who were polled to say they wanted to achieve certain materialistic goals. But the top three things that people wanted in life were love, joy, and peace—in that order.

Galatians 5:22 tells us the fruits of the Spirit include love, joy, and peace. Thus, the very things people are looking for today can be found in a relationship with God. Yet some have given up on these things. They say, "Love, joy, and peace? That's a pipe dream of flower children. Give me a break. You are not going to find love, joy, and peace in this world . . . not in the real world I live in."

It is true, one will not find love, joy, and peace in this world, but there is ONE who came into this world, so that whosoever will believe in Him, can know the love He gives, the joy He gives, and the peace He gives. In a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we are promised not only life beyond the grave, but a life that is full and rich and worth living on this earth. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Jesus gives us life with purpose and, of course, life with the hope of Heaven, but until Heaven, in Christ, followers of Christ can know and bear the fruit of love, joy, and peace.

Adapted from: https://www.harvest.org/devotions-and-blogs/daily-devotions/2016-04-22

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