Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Observation: This morning I was left with a feeling of doubt whether the English language was capable of communicating the type of peace that Jesus was talking about here. However, when I clicked on the footnotes for the 5th verse, it says to look at Luke 2:14 and Matthew 10:13. In Luke 2:14 it is the familiar verse, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to whom his favor rests.” It really didn’t clarify the meaning of this peace. However, upon looking at Matthew’s Gospel, in chapter 10 verse 13, where it says essentially the same verse that I used for my journal today, the footnote says, “The greeting of peace is conceived of not merely as a salutation but as an effective word. If it finds no worthy recipient, it will return to the speaker.”
Personification: Peace Since this morning, I have had a few things happen that could have very easily taken away my peace. However, the fruit of peace is still shining through to display itself in my life. To anyone that may be reading this, I would just say that there is a great reward waiting for anyone who makes a conscious choice to display the fruit of peace to others. It is not just that if someone doesn’t choose to accept it, it comes back to you. It permeates every part of your life, if you choose to display the fruit of peace in your community or family.
Prayer: Lord, you are the Almighty who makes all things good. Please continue to work your graces into my life by keeping me holding on to the truth that comes from your Word. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.