3rd Sunday of Easter –B April 18, 2021

THE GIFT OF  PEACE

The Symptoms of Inner Peace

Here are some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

Jn 14:27 Peace I leave with you; Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

1 Tim 6:17 Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.

3. A loss of interest in judging other people.

Mt 7:1 Stop judging, that you may not be judged.

4. A loss of interest in judging self.

1 Cor 4:4 I do not even pass judgment on myself; the one who judges me is the Lord.

5. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

1 Cor 4:3 It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;

6. A loss of interest in conflict.

Sir 28:8 Avoid strife and your sins will be fewer, for a quarrelsome man kindles disputes,

7. A loss of the ability to worry.

Lk 12:25 Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan?

8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Sir 47:8 With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung.

9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Col 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

10. Frequent attacks of smiling.

Sir 21:20 A fool raises his voice in laughter, but the prudent man at the most smiles gently.

11. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

Rom 8:28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

12. An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

GAL 5:22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.

Well, are you at peace?

There are two kinds of people: givers and takers.
The takers eat better, but the givers sleep better.

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Remember the little boy who got into an argument with some boys twice his size? They thought he was crazy when he drew a line in the dirt and dared them to cross over. When they did, the little boy just smiled and said, “Now you’re on my side!”

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Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.♥