Principle 2: Enjoy Your New Life in Christ

Steve Douglass

Galatians 5:22-23 list the various parts of the fruit of the spirit. The first four of these are love, joy, peace and patience.

Think back in your own life to when you have abundantly experienced those qualities. Probably you can remember how good you felt physically in the context of great joy, say, or when you were experiencing great peace. When you ask people who are joyful how they are, they will generally say they feel good.

Consider Proverbs 14:30, which illustrates this phenomenon of the emotion of peace affecting physical health: “A tranquil heart is life to the body, but passion is rottenness to the bones.” And consider Proverbs 17:22: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

In his book, None of These Diseases, Dr. S.I. MacMillen points out that worry is actually one of the primary causes of many diseases prevalent in America today.

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