Athlete, This is How You Experience Peace

This week we have talked a lot about peace. Understanding that peace is not an emotion we feel but a truth we live in. Peace is a place we choose to live and remain in.  

John's Gospel gives us insight on how we maintain peace and what we must do to continue to live in peace all the days of our lives.

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:4,5

There is a direct correlation between us remaining in Jesus and the fruit that our lives produce. This passage reminds us of the passage Paul wrote about the "Fruits of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22,23). If we "remain"in Jesus, there is the promise that he will remain in us. When we remain in him, and he remains in us, then we have put ourselves in the best possible position to allow the Fruits of the Spirit to grow in us, and peace is one of the fruits we will see blossom.

So, the question for us is, what does it mean to "remain" in Jesus?

There are a variety of tactics, but what you are doing right now is a great start. Find a way to get into God’s Word and dwell on a passage or two. Reading a devotional like this or engaging in Digital Chapel is good, continue doing that. But you will also benefit from a community of believers in your athletic department, school, church or community. Seek that out.

Another key strategy is simply waking up in the morning and consciously realizing that you are choosing to "remain" in Jesus today and ask the Holy Spirit to remind you every moment of the day of Jesus’ presence in your life and through that, may the peace of God guard your heart and mind.

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